How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers)
Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca
In his essay “On Anger” (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: “No plague has cost the human race more dear.” This was proved by his own life, which he barely preserved under one...more
I came to this book after reading St. Thomas Aquinas's articles on anger in the Summa Theologica. I was surprised at how much the Christian saint relied on the Roman Stoic philosopher for his Christian analysis of anger as both a virtue and a vice.
This book is part of Princeton's "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers" series. In this series, the texts of classical Roman philosophers are selected and arranged to address a single issue, in this case, anger. ...more
Author meddles, by own admission, with the translation overly much to craft a reading "suitable" for today. Result is problematic (ancient) world views are glossed over to prevent an offense today. As such, the translation tastes of flat, pre-chewed, mamma bird mush. Please. We're all adults here. No one is served by wilful edits to hide the ugliness of the past. Too, many segments of Seneca's essay were purposefully left out. Better choice would have been including everything, and ...more
How to Keep Your Cool is James Romm’s modern paraphrase of the ancient Greek philosopher-senator Seneca’s treatise entitled De Ira, or, “On Anger.” Seneca defined anger as “a desire to punish a real or perceived wrong;” therefore, where anger is present, revenge lurks, waiting for its chance to wreak havoc. Of all the problematic passions, anger has the potential to destroy the most. You might indulge pride, greed or lust, ...more
I would recommend it not only to those who have stoicism practice but also to anyone who tends to loose tempered so they can understand that what makes your mind takes your life.
I enjoy Seneca and the translation was good, so it's good. I might have let myself expect more than I should have based on the title.
Shame on you, editor. Seneca deserves 5 stars.
"...your anger is a kind of madness: because you set a huge price on worthless things."
"...he who is a prisoner of anger cannot be called powerful, not even free..."