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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: March 2004
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829441

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  • John Henderson explores three letters of Seneca describing visits to Roman villas, and surveys the whole collection to show how these villas work as designs for contrasting lives. Seneca's own place is ageing drastically; a recent Epicurean's paradise is a seductive oasis away from the dangers of Nero's Rome; once a fortress of the dour Rome of yesteryear, the legendary Scipio's lair was now a shrine to the old morality: Seneca revels in its primitive bath-house, dark and cramped, before exploring the garden with the present owner. Seneca brings the philosophical epistle to Latin literature, creating models for moralizing which feature self-criticism, parody and re-animated myth. Virgil and Horace come in for rough handling, as the Latin moralist wrests ethical practice and writing away from Greek gurus and texts, and into critical thinking within a Roman context. Here is powerful teaching on metaphor and translation, on 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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    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829441
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    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
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Indexes.

  • 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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