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“No man was ever wise by chance.”
― Seneca

Seneca's Dialogues—as his epistolary essays have traditionally been known— capture the full range of the Roman thinker’s philosophical interests, in particular Stoicism and his unique interpretation of it.

Students of Stoicism will appreciate the further exploration of ideas touched on in Seneca’s Letters From A Stoic: Epistulae
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Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published May 12th 2015 (first published 63)
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Marc
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Occasionally interesting wisdoms, but generally drowned in examples of qualities and defects. His ethics is extremely self-centered, though there is much to be said from the point of view of the individual peace of mind. Still not such a high flyer in comparison with Plato and Aristotle.
Mariam Mosashvili
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filisofía, hombres
Producto de su tiempo, pero sin duda profundo y llama a la reflexión. Hay mucho de estoicismo que me falta aplicar en mi vida, Séneca tiene sus momentos y definitivamente está sujeto a la interpretación. La traducción es magnífica y las notas al pie son muy útiles, sin duda hay que tomarlo con crítica y no tragarse lo que dice, pero lo que se rescata es sin duda bueno. Finalmente, este libro no escatima en la violencia insulsa de la época y el machismo inherente.
Николай Денисюк
The guy was a bit grim. Letters from a disappointed old man that had to commit suicide.
Not the same size figure as Marcus Aurelius, but the man did have a taste and pride.
Dinesh Kuruganti
This book felt like a treasure hunt.
There are some really good passages on wisdom here and there. Finding them requires going through the book carefully and with patience (Trust m, I wanted to keep this book down a lot of times, read other books in between to get myself recharged)
To be honest, i did a lot of skimming to finish the book.
There are a lot of references to ancient Roman emperors, warriors, notable people and philosophers which made it difficult for me to navigate through the book
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Marko
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Стоїук, який виховав одного з найпридуркуватіших імператорів Риму намагається реабілітуватись, залишивши майбутнім поколінням план Б. На обкладиці чомусь зображений Гесіод.
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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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