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Seneca: A Life

Author: WILSON EMILY
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 272
Pub Date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD
ISBN: 9781846146374
Availability: Out of Stock
Quick overview Tells the story of Seneca, the Roman philosopher, dramatist, and rhetorician of the first century CE, who came from Spain to Rome, spent his youth in Egypt, was exiled to Corsica under Claudius but recalled after eight years, and rose to dizzying heights of wealth, power and social influence under Nero, before falling from favour and more.
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This book traces the eventful life of Seneca, the Roman philosopher, dramatist, essayist and rhetorician of the first century CE, who came from Spain to Rome, spent his youth in Egypt, was exiled to Corsica under Claudius but recalled after eight years, and rose to dizzying heights of wealth, power and social influence under Nero, before falling from favour and being forced to kill himself. The book analyzes the relationship of Seneca's life story to his literary self-fashioning, and the tensions between the external worlds of politics, consumerism, and social success, with the Stoic ideals of asceticism, virtue and self-control.

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