|Author/Contributor(s):||Seneca, Lucius Annaeus ; Hadas, Moses
|Publisher:||W. W. Norton & Company
The selections are drawn from the essays, or dialogues, and the Consolations; from the treatises, of which On Clemency, addressed to the young Nero, is included here; and from the Letters to Lucilius, which have to do not only with philosophical subjects but also with Seneca's personal experiences, such as journeys and visits.
Moses Hadas has selected letters and essays which reveal Seneca's major philosophical themes--the relationship of the individual to society and to the gods; the meaning of pain and misfortune; man's attitudes to change, time, and death; and the nature of the highest good and of the happy life. In his Introduction, Professor Hadas discusses Seneca's life and work, tracing the history of his reputation; comments on Seneca's style; and outlines the origins and tenets of Stoicism.