Penguin Great Ideas : On the Shortness of Life Mass Market Paperback – 2 Sep 2004
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born in Spain around 4BC. He rose to prominence at Rome, pursuing a double career in the courts and political life, until Claudius sent him into exile exile on the island of Corsica for eight years. Recalled in AD49, he was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD54, the emperor Nero. Seneca acted for eight years as Nero's unofficial chief minister until Nero too turned against him and he retired from public life to devote himself to philosophy and writing. In AD65, following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide.
C.D.N. Costa has spent most of his working life at Birmingham University, where he is Professor of Classics and Chairman of the School of Antiquity. Among other works, he has written commentaries on the works of Seneca, Letters, Dialogues and the tragedy Medea.
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on 25 October 2017
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Brilliant philisophy and guidance for our lives from the ancient traditional and the greatest philosopher of all times - Seneca. Highly recommend it.
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Very good translation. The language of Seneca seems to echo through the ages. I'm planning to read the collected works of Seneca. I'm a stoic.
Between the last night (when I mentioned this book for the first time) and now, I had already Kindle'd** and read this whole book, which I guess can only mean one of the following...Read more
What a special book. It is small but extremely powerful and so true. I have to read this everyday.
Puts life into perspective from the ancient past. Realise that the words in this book are timeless and apply to today even though we have technology, people act in a similar way.
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