Seneca's Letters to Lucilius are a rich source of information about ancient Stoicism, an influential work for early modern philosophers, and a fascinating philosophical document in their own right. This selection of the letters aims to include those which are of greatest philosophical interest, especially those which highlight the debates between Stoics and Platonists or Aristotelians in the first century AD, and the issue, still important today, of how technical
philosophical enquiry is related to the various purposes for which philosophy is practised. In addition to examining the philosophical content of each letter, Brad Inwood's commentary discusses the literary and historical background of the letters and to their relationship with other prose works by
Seneca is the earliest Stoic author for whom we have access to a large number of complete works, and these works were highly influential in later centuries. He was also a politically influential advisor to the Roman emperor Nero and a celebrated author of prose and verse. His philosophical acuity and independence of mind make his works exciting and challenging for the modern reader.
CLARENDON LATER ANCIENT PHILOSOPHERS
General Editors: Jonathan Barnes and A. A. Long
This series is designed to encourage philosophers and students of philosophy to explore the fertile terrain of later ancient philosophy. The texts range in date from the first century BC to the fifth century AD, and will cover all the parts and all the schools of philosophy. Each volume contains a substantial introduction, an English translation, and a critical commentary on the philosophical claims and arguments of the text. The translations aim primarily at accuracy and fidelity; but they are
also readable and accompanied by notes on textual problems that affect the philosophical interpretation. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is assumed.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 436
Weight: 665 g
Dimensions: 223 x 146 x 30 mm
This is the most serious and the most sensitive introduction to Seneca's philosophical letters that students of ancient philosophy could have hoped for, and a lasting contribution. * James Ker, RHIZAI *
Inwood offers far more than masterful translations of some of the philosophically most difficult Senecan letters...The book...provides much needed, modern translations of the highest quality, detailed and utterly helpful commentary, and an on-going argument against the view that Seneca is 'merely' a spiritual guide. * Katja Maria Vogt, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
this volume will be of precious assistance to all people who - also being philologists - intend to tackle reading Seneca's Epistles. * Francesco Citti, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *