Seneca: Moral and Political Essays

by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Part of the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series

Seneca: Moral and Political Essays Synopsis

This volume offers clear and forceful contemporary translations of the most important of Seneca's 'Moral Essays': On Anger, On Mercy, On the Private Life and the first four books of On Favours. They give an attractive, full picture of the social and moral outlook of an ancient Stoic thinker intimately involved in the governance of the Roman empire in the mid first century of the Christian era. A general introduction describes Seneca's life and career and explains the fundamental ideas underlying the Stoic moral, social and political philosophy that informs the essays. Individual introductions, footnotes and biographical notes place the essays in their historical and philosophical contexts, and further assistance to students is provided by section headings in the translations which organize the principal transitions in the argument and the more unfamiliar aspects of Seneca's writing.

Seneca: Moral and Political Essays Press Reviews

This excellent new translation (with an introduction and notes) of On Anger, On Mercy, On the Private Life, and On Favours will be extremely helpful to those interested in Stoic ethics and also to those whose interest is in ancient political thought, the Roman use of Greek ideas, or the thought of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European writers like Clavin, Montaigne, and Lipsius, whom Seneca influenced. Ethics Cooper and Procope in this volume have presented students with a very useful and valuable aide for the study of Stoic political philosophy. International Studies in Philosophy

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521348188
Publication date: 22nd June 1995
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 370 pages
Categories: History of ideas, Political science & theory,

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