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Letters from a Stoic

Seneca, Robin Campbell

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Letters From A Stoic is a collection of moral epistles from Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger to his friend Lucilius, with advice for living a disciplined and balanced life.

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Letters from a Stoic

Letters from a Stoic

by Seneca

Overview

The lives we live today are quite different from those of people 2000 years ago. And yet, for centuries many have found wisdom and guidance in an unlikely source: the letters of an ancient Roman statesman. Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger was a writer, philosopher, and politician who lived from 4 BCE to 65 CE. Serving as tutor and advisor to the emperor Nero, Seneca was forced to commit suicide when he was - likely wrongly - accused of taking part in a conspiracy. Despite his tragic death, Seneca left behind a rich legacy in his dramatic plays as well as his philosophical writings. In this series of letters addressed to his friend Lucilius, the procurator of Sicily, the thinker expounds on the philosophy of Stoicism, encouraging him to live simply and truly.

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If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.

- Seneca

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