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De clementia

Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Susanna Morton Braund
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Soon after Nero's accession in 54 CE, his tutor, the philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BCE-65 CE), addressed to his young pupil an essay called De Clementia in which he offered advice on how to behave in his new role. In it Seneca urges Nero to exercise clementia, that is, to think very hard before using his absolute power to execute any of his opponents or rivals and instead to err on the side of generosity and so to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Latin prose literature
Early works
Commentaren (vorm)
Vertalingen (vorm)
Didactisch proza (teksten)
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Susanna Morton Braund
ISBN: 9780199240364 0199240361
OCLC Number: 191929607
Language Note: Latin text with English translation and extensive introduction and commentary in English.
Description: xiii, 456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Seneca's life, times, writings --
Nero's accession --
De Clementia: date and genre --
Kingship theory --
The concept of Clementia --
De Clementia: scope, structure, argument --
Seneca as communicator and teacher --
Stoic views on kingship and Clementia --
Seneca, Stoicism, and kingship --
The afterlife and influence of De Clementia --
The text and previous scholarship --
A note on my translation and commentary.
Other Titles: De clementia.
Responsibility: Seneca ; edited with translation and commentary by Susanna Braund.

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The first full philological edition in English of the Roman philosopher Seneca's De Clementia. It includes the Latin text with apparatus criticus, a new English translation, a substantial  Read more...

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