Galley Now Available: SENECA: FIFTY LETTERS OF A ROMAN STOIC
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Translated with an Introduction and Commentary
by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long
A selection of Seneca’s most significant letters that illuminate his philosophical and personal life.In the year 62, citing health issues, the Roman philosopher Seneca withdrew from public service and devoted his time to writing. His letters from this period offer a window into his experience as a landowner, a traveler through Roman Italy, and a man coping with the onset of old age. They describe the roar of the arena, the festival of Saturnalia, and the perils of the Adriatic Sea, and they explain his thoughts about political power, the treatment of enslaved people, the origins of civilization, and the key points of Stoic philosophy.This selection of fifty of his letters brings Seneca to readers in a fresh modern voice and shows how, as a philosopher, he speaks to our time. Above all, these letters explore the inner life of the individual: from the life of heedless vanity to the first interest in philosophy, to true friendship, self-determination, and personal excellence.Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was a Roman philosopher and dramatist and an advisor to Emperor Nero. Margaret Graver is the Aaron Lawrence Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College. Her publications include Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4 and Stoicism and Emotion. A. A. Long is Chancellor’s Professor of Classics Emeritus and affiliated professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Greek Models of Mind and Self and Epictetus: How to Be Free. Graver and Long previously collaborated on a complete translation of Seneca’s Letters on Ethics, also published by the University of Chicago Press.