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Seneca: Selected Letters


Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521465830


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  • The letters of Seneca are uniquely engaging among the works that have survived from antiquity. They offer an urgent guide to Stoic self-improvement but also cast light on Roman attitudes towards slavery, gladiatorial combat and suicide. This selection of letters conveys their range and variety, with a particular focus on letters from the earlier part of the collection. As well as a general introduction, it features a brief introductory essay on each letter, which draws out its themes and sets it in context. The commentary explains the more challenging aspects of Seneca's Latin. It also casts light on his engagement with Stoic (and Epicurean) ideas, on the historical context within which the letters were written and on their literary sophistication. This edition will be invaluable for undergraduate and graduate students and scholars of Seneca's moral and intellectual development.

    • The new edition is aimed at students and conveys the range and variety of Seneca's letters
    • Explains Seneca's observations within their wider philosophical context
    • Provides detailed linguistic support, allowing better engagement with Seneca's difficult Latin
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521465830
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Seneca's life and works
    2. The Epistulae Morales and their addressee
    3. Letters as a genre
    4. Stoic terms and concepts
    5. Stoic background
    6. Other philosophical influences
    7. Ethical focus and techniques of the self
    8. Seneca and earlier Latin poetic authors
    9. Senecan style
    10. Clauslae in Seneca
    11. Reception of the letters
    12. The selection
    13. The text
    Epistulae Morales: Letter 1
    Letter 7
    Letter 12
    Letter 18
    Letter 21
    Letter 24
    Letter 33
    Letter 34
    Letter 46
    Letter 47
    Letter 53
    Letter 64
    Letter 70
    Letter 86
    Letter 90
    Letter 114

  • Author


    Editor (Introduction and Notes)

    Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck, University of London
    Catherine Edwards is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include The Politics of Immorality in Ancient Rome (Cambridge, 1993), Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City (Cambridge, 1996) and Death in Ancient Rome (2007). She has published and broadcast extensively on Seneca.

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