The letters of Seneca are uniquely engaging among the works that
have survived from antiquity. They offer an urgent guide to Stoic
self-improvement but also cast light on Roman attitudes towards
slavery, gladiatorial combat and suicide. This selection of letters
conveys their range and variety, with a particular focus on letters
from the earlier part of the collection. As well as a general
introduction, it features a brief introductory essay on each
letter, which draws out its themes and sets it in context. The
commentary explains the more challenging aspects of Seneca's Latin.
It also casts light on his engagement with Stoic (and Epicurean)
ideas, on the historical context within which the letters were
written and on their literary sophistication. This edition will be
invaluable for undergraduate and graduate students and scholars of
Seneca's moral and intellectual development.
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