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On Peace of Mind

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Seneca is a major philosophical figure of the Roman Imperial Period. As a Stoic philosopher writing in Latin, Seneca makes a lasting contribution to Stoicism. He occupies a central place in the literature on Stoicism at the time, and shapes the understandi
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Edgar Trevizo
Lo malo del libro (aunque no es su culpa en absoluto, sino nuestra), es que ni memorizándolo podríamos aprender a vivir así, en este contexto que tanto nos exige, tanto nos seduce y fuerza a vivir exactamente en el sentido opuesto a lo que es efectivo para la tranquilidad del ánimo. Lo magnífico del libro (y esto sí le es atribuible), es que nos persuade a intentarlo.
M. Sofia
The work is part of "Dialogorum" books, a collection of philosophical writings, each relating to individual aspects or problems of Stoic ethics.
It 'a dialogue, written around 62 AD, between Seneca and his friend Annaeus Sereno, who had asked the philosopher a response to an existential problem already discussed by the Stoic and Platonic thought: how to solve the "taedium vitae", or restlessness, the sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction that plague human existence.
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De la vie heureuse
Nous guérirons en nous séparant de la foule ; rebelle à la raison, le peuple défend sa maladie.
Ce qui souffre de sa propre grandeur n'est pas un bien.
Celui qui court le plaisir rejette tout le reste, néglige en premier lieu sa liberté, et se rend esclave de son ventre ; il n'achète pas le plaisir, mais il se vend à lui.
La bourse s'ouvrira facilement sans être percée ; il en sortira beaucoup, mais il n'en tombera rien.
Les attaques elles-mêmes ont fait éclater
De Tranquillitate Animi is a latin essay from the Imperial Period. The book, written by The Young, is addressed to Serenus, and it's about maintain yourself tranquil even when all the odds are against you. Today it could be considered as a self-help book (which are quite popular). Nothing deep here, all pretty obvious stuff (just as in all self-help books). Anyway, very interesting reading because of the historical and sociopolitical context (Nero's reign).
By the way, Nero will eventually order
Des choses fort intéressantes, surtout dans la deuxième partie. Malgré ses petits commentaires sur les femmes qui me hérissent, Sénèque est un philosophe que j'apprécie beaucoup et qui nourrit ma pensée.
A timeless jewel that descibes in non-scientific terms where the origins to many of mankind's troubles lie. A pholosphical approach for self-healing long before something like psycho-therapy was invented. Also it is somehow comforting to know that people already had trouble finding inner piece 100 AD and that it's not only a modern time dilemma. Several of Seneca's suggestions seems "too much" at first, like turning your back on cravings, the desire to get more and mostly to embrace death, but t ...more
While there is nothing new or earth shattering in this paper (be mature & level headed), I have to say that L.A.S. is right up my alley. The translation I have by Aubrey Stewart reads like poetry. Beautiful.
Τιποτε παντως δεν τερπει περισσοτερο το πνευμα οσο η στοργικη και πιστη φιλια.
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca) (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may ...more
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“We must limit the running to and fro which most men practise, rambling about houses, theatres, and marketplaces. They mind other men's business, and always seem as though they themselves had something to do. If you ask one of them as he comes out of his own door, "Whither are you going?" he will answer, "By Hercules, I do not know: but I shall see some people and do something." They wander purposelessly seeking for something to do, and do, not what they have made up their minds to do, but what has casually fallen in their way. They move uselessly and without any plan, just like ants crawling over bushes, which creep up to the top and then down to the bottom again without gaining anything. Many men spend their lives in exactly the same fashion, which one may call a state of restless indolence.” 2 likes
“Curius Dentatus disait, je crois, qu’il aimerait mieux être mort que vivre mort ; Le dernier des malheurs, c’est bien de sortir du monde des vivants avant de mourir.” 0 likes
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