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By Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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ISBN-13: 9780226748412

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) used to be a Roman Stoic thinker, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all throughout the Silver Age of Latin literature. the total Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a clean and compelling sequence of recent English-language translations of his works in 8 available volumes. Edited by means of world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this enticing assortment restores Seneca—whose works were hugely praised by means of sleek authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson—to his rightful position one of the classical writers most generally studied within the humanities.

Anger, Mercy, Revenge comprises 3 key writings: the ethical essays On Anger and On Clemency—which have been penned as suggestion for the then younger emperor, Nero—and the Apocolocyntosis, an excellent satire lampooning the top of the reign of Claudius. buddy and teach, in addition to thinker, Seneca welcomed the age of Nero in tones alternately severe, poetic, and comic—making Anger, Mercy, Revenge a piece simply as complex, astute, and impressive as its author.

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105 For as Zeno says, in the wise man’s mind too the scar will 29 on anger remain even when the wound has healed. He will therefore feel some hints and shadows of the passions, but he will be free of the passions themselves. 106 That would be true if, like the arms of war, they could be taken up and put off at the judgment of the one who dons them. But these weapons that Aristotle gives to virtue fight all on their own; they don’t wait for the hand that wields them, they’re not possessed, they do the possessing.

A useful soldier will know how to act in accordance with the strategy; passions, for their part, are equally bad as soldier and as generals. 10 Accordingly, reason will never add imprudent and violent impulses to its armory: over these reason itself has no authority, and it could never restrain them without setting similar counter-impulses against them, like fear against anger, anger against sluggishness, desire against fear. (2) May virtue be far removed from this evil, that reason should ever take refuge in vice!

Much of the time he prefers to take “you” by the shoulders and give a good shake. Selected Reading Martha Nussbaum. 1994. The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 316–401. Tad Brennan. 2005. The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Margaret Graver. 2007. Stoicism and Emotion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 30 And if we take Seneca to mean what he says, he had to regard the need to reach that audience as a moral imperative no less urgent than the obligation to rescue a man drowning an arm’s length away.

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