Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Seneca: De otio; De brevitate vitae

Seneca: De otio; De brevitate vitae


Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588065


Add to wishlist

Request inspection copy

Lecturers may request a copy of this title for inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This edition, the first modern one in English, introduces undergraduates and more advanced students to the therapeutic possibilities of Seneca's Stoic philosophy. The short treatises De otio and De brevitate vitae balance each other by representing different but complementary aspects of Senecan philosophy: in De otio, one's duty to the 'active' life, in De brevitate vitae, one's duty to oneself in reclaiming life from the impositions made upon the self. The provocative Senecan message is to promote introspection in life, and to suggest the benefits of an inner existence of the personal. In addition to its literary and linguistic emphasis, this edition tries to advertize the means by which Seneca conveys the attractions of his therapeutic 'philosophy'.

    • First modern commentary in English on both works
    • Emphasises the new literary-philosophical message, marrying the interpretation of the philosophy with the way in which the philosophy is presented
    • Full linguistic help provided to help students read and appreciate the text
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588065
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 188 x 123 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents


  • Author



    G. D. Williams, Columbia University, New York
    G. D. Williams is Associate Professor of Classics at Columbia University and author of Banished Voices (1994; 0521 451361).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.