Classical Wisdom: Seneca, Ethical Letters
Philosopher, statesman, orator, adviser to Emporers, such were among the diverse talents of Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BCE-CE65). Above all, however, he was a natural writer and a kind of confidant or mentor to his legion of readers, inviting them to think about the ordinary predicaments of daily life arising from the human condition. In keeping with Stoic tradition, his advice was emminently concise, sensible, candid, often witty, and situated within his vision of humans as members of a universal community of mankind. Forty letters of counsel to his young friend, Lucilius, have been included for their general interest in our common text, Seneca: Letters from a Stoic, Penguin Classics, ISBN 13:078-0-140-44210-6. Please read the Introduction and Letters II, III, V, VII & VIII before our first meeting.
This course will be conducted virtually; accordingly registration will be limited to 23 participants.