Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium (Penguin Pocket Hardbacks) Hardcover – 6 Nov 2014
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC - AD65) was born in Spain but was raised according to the traditional values of the republic of Rome. In AD48 he became tutor to the future emperor Nero and became his principal civil advisor when he took power. His death was eventually ordered by Nero in AD65, but Seneca anticipated the emperor's decree and committed suicide.
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This work misses out for example, letter one - Seneca's timeless advice on using your time - no one will value your time as you do, so you, not they, must be its warden. You can waste time if you wish, but know on what you are wasting it and why.
Letter four, on the terror of death also does a vanishing act in this edition. 'No one can live a happy life who worries constantly about lengthening it'. This is actually quite an important foundation to Seneca's reasoning, so its absence is unwelcome too.
Letter ten also gets its marching orders in this volume. This is about the importance of reflection.
Thirteen on groundless fears incredibly, is omitted (a brilliant letter), as well as letter fourteen, on withdrawing from the World.
And so it continues. The translation itself looks especially good, so all those omissions are an added disappointment. I would have preferred at least the option to purchase a two volume set with the complete letters to a single mauled version of the great sage's work.
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