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Summary Þ Epistulae morales ad Lucilium ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook O Christianity Seneca's major contribution to Stoicism was to spiritualize and humanize a system which could appear cold and unrealisticSelected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium these letters illustrate the upright ideals admired by the Stoics and extol the good way of life as seen from their standpoint T. Along with his tragedies treatises and longer dialogues the philosopher Seneca wrote 124 letters addressed to his friend Lucilius Whether these letters were actually sent is unknown but their style indicates that they were intended for publication at some point These letters are really mini essays in disguise discussing Seneca s Stoic beliefs and his outlook on life in general This collection contains about a third of Seneca s surviving letters some of which are abridgedFor readers interested in Stoicism and Roman philosophy generally I think these letters do just as good a job if not better of expressing Seneca s beliefs as his dialogues do and are pleasant reading to boot Stoicism which had been around much longer than Seneca held that men should live in accordance with nature learning to live in conformity with the world as it is and accepting whatever fate should bring their way People should value and cultivate reason and discipline the pleasures and the passions Only in this way can true happiness be achieved The duties Stoicism glorified courage self control simple habits rationality and obedience to the State corresponded closely to traditional Roman values and Stoicism was the most influential philosophy in the Roman world for a long time To some degree it contrasted with Epicurean thought which placed value on the pursuit of individual pleasure But in his letters Seneca displayed a remarkably open mind regarding Epicurus and his disciples and the two schools of thought were not entirely at oddsMany of the values Stoicism promoted were universal ones with wide appeal Also although the Stoics believed in a supreme providence that governed the universe they were not particularly concerned with how this force was labeled nature divine reason god destiny etc This flexibility helped Stoicism adapt and fit within all kids of belief systems Interestingly the early Christian Church which was very disfavorably disposed to most pagan writings viewed Seneca as one of them for this reason This popularity was to continue into medieval times in the Inferno Dante placed Seneca in Limbo the highest place a non Christian could aspire to and ueen Elizabeth I did much admire Senca s wholesome advisings However Seneca has had his critics too over the centuries He preached simple living and a rejection of luxury in his writings but Seneca was one of the most powerful men in Rome and one of the wealthiest in the Western world during his lifetime He was Emperor Nero s chief advisor and the real master of the world for a while according to one modern writer As chief imperial advisor he almost certainly assisted Nero in the murder of the emperor s own mother Wealth and virtue are certainly not mutually exclusive but extravagent wealth advising a tyrant and being an accessory to murder do not scream good Stoic living Whether Seneca lacked the courage of his own convictions or was unable to practice what he preached is at least in doubt Also Seneca is rarely if ever praised as a groundbreaking philosophical thinker He did not invent Stoicism but instead spiritualized and humanized it in his writings Readers expecting Plato or Aristotle will probably be disappointedBut readers interested in learning about Stoicism in general will be well served by this book As I said earlier I thought these letters were on the whole better than Seneca s longer dialogues which are not really dialogues at all in any traditional sense with one exception As an introduction to Stoic philosophy which was an important school of thought in the Greco Roman world and beyond you could do a lot worse 35 stars

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Summary Þ Epistulae morales ad Lucilium ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger c4 BC AD 65 acuired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings later supported by Marcus Aurelius provided Rome with a passable bridge t. I tore this book to pieces My copy is overflowing with tabbed pages and highlighted lines and notes in the margins Seneca of course is a fascinating figure Gregory Hays once said about Marcus Aurelius that not being a tyrant was something he had to work at one day at a time and often Seneca lost that battle He was the Cardinal Richelieu behind Nero He sat back and enjoyed the spoils of his student who had clearly lost his way at least Aristotle didn t profit from Alexander s lust for power However there is some interesting evidence put forth in a paper titled Seneca The Case of the Opulent Stoic in which Lydia Motto presents that what we know of Seneca s reputation comes almost entirely from a single less than objective source And in fact if we can trust the way in which Seneca faced his forced suicide there was not much difference between practice and philosophyThe book is profoundly insightful it calls you to action and it has that uit your whining this is life attitude that so defines the Roman Stoics This is by no means an all inclusive list but is Seneca on some important topicsOn doing than consumingHe should be delivering himself of such sayings not memorizing them It is disgraceful that a man who is old or in sight of old age should have wisdom deriving solely from his notebook Zeno said this And what have you said Cleanthes said that What have you said How much longer are you going to serve under others Assume authority over yourself and utter something that may be handed down to posterity Produce something from your own resourcesOn enduranceLife s no soft affair It s a long road you ve started on you can t but expect to have slips and knocks and falls and get tired and openly wish a lie for deathOn freedom from perturbationShow me a man who isn t a slave one who is a slave to sex another to money another to ambition all are slaves to hope or fear I could show you a man who has been a Consul who is a slave to his little old woman a millionaire who is the slave of a little girl in domestic service And there is no state of slavery disgraceful than one which is self imposedOn uoting what you readThere is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with I shall send you accordingly the actual books themselves and to save you a lot of trouble hunting all over the place for passages likely to be of use to you I shall mark the passages so that you can turn straight away to the words I approve and admire

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Summary Þ Epistulae morales ad Lucilium ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Hey also reveal how far in advance of his time were many of Seneca's ideas his disgust at the shows in the arena or his criticism of the harsh treatment of slaves Philosophical in tone and written in the 'pointed' style of the Latin Silver Age these 'essays in disguise' were clearly aimed by Seneca at posterity. In his book concering the time he spent in Auschwitz famous austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl came to the conclusion that when you re no longer able to change the situation you find yourself in you are challenged to change yourself Being a best selling book this ethos dawned the rebirth of stoicism for a society which is desperately longing for a way to cope with all cruelties life serves up Seneca provided the philosophical foundations and Frankl knew how to transpose them when being faced with the atrocities of the 20th century If you really want to escape the things that harass you what you re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person as Seneca puts itThe beauty of this book rests upon its ease Everyone should be able to derive uplifting thoughts from it and stick with them while facing the chaos life throws at you at times Don t regard suffering per se as an unnecessary part of life but as an opportunity to acuire meaning for the decisions and actions you take


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