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Letters from a Stoic = Epistulae morales ad Lucilium

Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Robin Campbell
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2014. ©1990
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic are a set of 'essays in disguise' from one of the most insightful philosophers of the Silver Age of Roman literature. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Latin with an introduction by Robin Campbell. A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Robin Campbell
ISBN: 9780141395852 0141395850
OCLC Number: 899727344
Language Note: Translated from the Latin.
Notes: Translated from the Latin.
"This translation first published in Penguin Classics 1973. Reprinted with revisions and a new introduction 1990. Reprinted with new further reading and chronology 2003. This edition first published in Penguin Classics 2014"--Title page verso.
Description: xxxv, 308 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Epistulae morales ad Lucilium.
Responsibility: Seneca ; selected and translated with an introduction by Robin Campbell.

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Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, this title presents a set of 'essays in disguise' from one of the insightful philosophers of the Silver Age of Roman literature.  Read more...

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