Letters on Ethics (Paperback)

To Lucilius (The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

By Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Margaret Graver (Translated by), A. A. Long (Translated by), Margaret Graver (Introduction by), A. A. Long (Introduction by), Margaret Graver (Commentaries by), A. A. Long (Commentaries by)

University of Chicago Press, 9780226528434, 604pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (11/20/2015)

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Description

The Roman statesman and philosopher Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) recorded his moral philosophy and reflections on life as a highly original kind of correspondence. Letters on Ethics includes vivid descriptions of town and country life in Nero’s Italy, discussions of poetry and oratory, and philosophical training for Seneca’s friend Lucilius. This volume, the first complete English translation in nearly a century, makes the Letters more accessible than ever before.

Written as much for a general audience as for Lucilius, these engaging letters offer advice on how to deal with everything from nosy neighbors to sickness, pain, and death. Seneca uses the informal format of the letter to present the central ideas of Stoicism, for centuries the most influential philosophical system in the Mediterranean world. His lively and at times humorous expositions have made the Letters his most popular work and an enduring classic. Including an introduction and explanatory notes by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long, this authoritative edition will captivate a new generation of readers.


About the Author

A. A. Long is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.


A. A. Long is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.


A. A. Long is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.


Praise For Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius (The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

“Translators Margaret Graver and A.A. Long should be commended for reintroducing the Letters to a new generation. . . . A Seneca as approachable and fresh as he was thousands of years ago.”

— American Conservative

“Excellent. . . . This is an exceptionally accessible text. . . that will be invaluable not only to those interested in the letters as literary artifacts that open an important window onto imperial Rome’s cultural life, but also to readers engaging with the letters philosophically, as the lively and urgent writings of one of classical antiquity’s most important ethicists. . . . Essential.”

— Choice

“[An] excellent book. . . . The Stoic ideas are as relevant now as they were in the days of the emperor Nero and [Graver and Long] have done Seneca (and us) a great service in making the old man speak so clearly once again.”

— Classics for All Reviews

"Graver and Long successfully manage to draw the reader in. . . . An accurate, readable and well-annotated translation of Seneca's letters."

— Bryn Mawr Classical Review