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Morals and Villas in Seneca's Letters

Morals and Villas in Seneca's Letters
Places to Dwell

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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829441

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  • John Henderson focuses on three key Letters visiting three Roman villas, and reveals their meaning as designs for contrasting lives. Seneca brings the philosophical epistle to Latin literature, creating models for moralizing which feature self-criticism, parody, and animated revision of myth. The Stoic moralist wrests writing away from Greek gurus and texts, and recasts it into critical thinking in Latin terms, within a Roman context. The Letters embody critical thinking on metaphor and translation, self-transformation and cultural tradition.

    • Features in-depth study of key letters in Seneca's collection, with fresh translations
    • Combines approaches to the Roman villa and its owners from literary criticism, history, politics, cultural history, philosophy, myth and religion
    • Surveys, interprets, and enthuses over the whole of this classic work from one of the major figures of ancient Rome, whose writings are set for a wave of re-evaluation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829441
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Twelve steps to haven
    2. Dropping in (it) at SENECA'S
    3. You can get used to anything
    4. The long and winding mode
    5. Booking us in
    6. Now and then
    here and there: at SCIPIO'S
    7. Bound for VATIA'S
    8. Knocking the self: genuflexion, villafication, VATIA'S
    9. The world of the bath-house: SCIPIO'S
    10. The appliance of science: SCIPIO'S
    11. Shafts of light: transplantation and transfiguration
    12. Still olive, still SCIPIO'S

  • Author

    John Henderson, University of Cambridge
    John Henderson is Reader in Latin Literature at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of King's College. His recent books include: Pliny's Statue: The Letters, Self-Portraiture & Classical Art (2002), Telling Tales on Caesar: Roman Stories from Phaedrus (2001), Writing down Rome: Comedy, Satire, and Other Offences (1999), and Fighting for Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War (1998). Aesop's Human Zoo: Roman Stories About Our Bodies, and HORTVS: The Roman Gardening Book, are both forthcoming (2004).

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