By Seneca, Tobias Reinhardt
Alain de Botton's bestselling The Consolations of Philosophy--later made right into a six-part television series--has helped popularize historical philosophy and particularly the paintings of Seneca. This terrific quantity bargains the best translation of Seneca's dialogues and essays in print, shooting the total diversity of his philosophical pursuits. right here the Stoic thinker outlines his suggestions on the right way to dwell in a afflicted international. educate to the younger emperor Nero, Seneca wrote workouts in functional philosophy that draw upon modern Roman existence and remove darkness from the highbrow matters of the day. in addition they have a lot to claim to the fashionable reader, as Seneca levels extensively throughout topics equivalent to the shortness of lifestyles, tranquility of brain, anger, mercy, happiness, and grief on the lack of a family member. Seneca's available, aphoristic kind makes his writing specially beautiful as an advent to Stoic philosophy, and belies its popularity for austerity and dogmatism. This version combines a transparent and sleek translation by means of John Davies with Tobias Reinhardt's interesting advent to Seneca's profession, literary kind, and impression, together with a great precis of Stoic philosophy and Seneca's interpretation of it. The book's notes are the fullest of any similar version.
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Their own fathers encourage them to endure bravely the blows of the lash, and ask them, mangled and half-dead though they are, to continue oﬀering their wounded backs to further wounds. What, then, is remarkable in God testing noble spirits with severity? Never is the proof of virtue mild. Fortune lays into us with the whip and tears our ﬂesh: let us endure it. It is not cruelty but a contest, and the more often we engage in it, the stronger our hearts will be: the sturdiest part of the body is the one that is kept in constant use.
These men will measure out whatever they have drunk in vomit, tasting anew with twisted lips their own bile, but he will drink down poison cheerfully and with a happy heart. As far as Cato is concerned, enough has been said, and the consensus of men will grant that the fullest measure of happiness fell to that man, whom Nature chose to be the one to confront her dreaded power. * It is a hardship to take part in civil wars: let him 10 On Providence ﬁght all the world over for a cause that is just, unsuccessful to the last and stubborn to the last.
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