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Published: 15 May 2010

368 Pages

ISBN: 9780199533213

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Selected Letters

Seneca and Elaine Fantham
Elaine Fantham

Oxford World's Classics

  • Stoic philosopher and tragedian Seneca's letters to his friend Lucilius are powerful moral essays that are equally illuminating about Seneca's personal life and the turbulent times in which he lived. This is the largest selection of his letters currently available.
  • Elaine Fantham's new translation is accurate and readable. Short headnotes to each letter summarize its themes and parallels with other letters.
  • The wide-ranging selection includes letters with literary, social, and political content.
  • The Introduction discusses Seneca's family and political career, his many and varied writings, the nature of the letters as genuine epistles or fiction, their philosophical concerns and social and cultural aspects.
  • Full explanatory notes gloss customs and persons mentioned and other allusions.
  • Separate indexes of Persons and of Places and Things.

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