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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was once a Roman Stoic thinker, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all through the Silver Age of Latin literature. the whole Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a clean and compelling sequence of recent English-language translations of his works in 8 obtainable volumes. Edited through world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this enticing assortment restores Seneca—whose works were hugely praised through smooth authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson—to his rightful position one of the classical writers most generally studied within the humanities.

Anger, Mercy, Revenge comprises 3 key writings: the ethical essays On Anger and On Clemency—which have been penned as suggestion for the then younger emperor, Nero—and the Apocolocyntosis, a super satire lampooning the tip of the reign of Claudius. pal and train, in addition to thinker, Seneca welcomed the age of Nero in tones alternately critical, poetic, and comic—making Anger, Mercy, Revenge a piece simply as advanced, astute, and bold as its author.

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It’s not anger but reason to segregate the useless from the sound. ”99 He put off admonishing the slave to a moment when he was more himself, but he admonished himself at that moment. Who in the world will have his passion under control when Socrates didn’t dare entrust himself to anger? 16 When it comes to restraining those who stray and commit crimes, then, there’s no need for the agent of punishment to be angry: since anger is a failure of the mind, a wrongdoer shouldn’t be the one to set wrongdoing right.

26 But it is not the mode that he finds most congenial (cf. esp. 1–2), or useful. Much of the time he prefers to take “you” by the shoulders and give a good shake. Selected Reading Martha Nussbaum. 1994. The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 316–401. Tad Brennan. 2005. The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Margaret Graver. 2007. Stoicism and Emotion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2) There’s no need for other arms: nature has armed us sufficiently with reason, a missile that’s sure, ever ready, and obedient, neither double-edged nor capable of being sent back against its master. Reason suffices, in and of itself, not only for planning ahead but also for the conduct of affairs. Indeed, what’s more foolish than for reason to seek protection from anger, a stable, trusty, and healthy thing from one that is wavering, untrustworthy, and sickly? (3) What of the fact, too, that reason, by itself, is much sturdier when it comes to getting things done—the only area in which anger’s assistance seems necessary?

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