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Seneca: The Life of a Stoic Paul Veyne

Seneca: The Life of a Stoic

Paul Veyne

Published August 15th 2014
ISBN : 9780415762250
Paperback
208 pages
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The great stoic philosopher, playwright and Roman statesman of the first century, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, exercised enormous influence for nearly fifteen years as tutor and political advisor to the Emperor Nero until forced to commit suicide by hisMoreThe great stoic philosopher, playwright and Roman statesman of the first century, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, exercised enormous influence for nearly fifteen years as tutor and political advisor to the Emperor Nero until forced to commit suicide by his former pupil. In the hands of Annales School historian Paul Veyne, the dramatic story of his life - one of power, politics and intrigue - becomes a mirror of the time in which he lived.Senecas philosophical writings remain our core source for stoic thought, and their immense influence continues to be felt. Veynes authoritative exposition of stoicism and the interconnections between Senecas life and thought, make this book ideal reading for anyone interested in Roman history and philosophy. This compact and compelling book is a brilliant introduction to the life and philosophy of one of the ancient worlds greatest thinkers by one of the great historians of our own time.