Letters from a Stoic - Robin Campbell & Sêneca

Letters from a Stoic

By Robin Campbell & Sêneca

  • Release Date - Published: 2004-08-26
  • Book Genre: Philosophy
  • Author: Robin Campbell & Sêneca
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Seneca's Letters from a Stoic are a profound and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind, from one of the most insightful philosophers of Roman literature

A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughters witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

Robin Campbell's lucid translation from the Latin captures Seneca's humour and tautly aphoristic style. In his introduction, he discusses the tensions between Seneca's philosophy and his turbulent career as adviser to the tyrannical emperor Nero.

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    By aoentss
    I hat it because the text was corrupt. If I’d been able to read it I’d have given it 5 stars. It’s a great book.

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