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Epistulae Morales Selectae

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4-65)

1. 01 - Epistulae 1, 2, 6, 7
2. 02 - Epistulae 8, 9, 10
3. 03 - Epistulae 15, 16, 26, 27
4. 04 - Epistulae 28, 31, 37, 38, 40
5. 05 - Epistulae 41, 44, 47
6. 06 - Epistulae 49, 51, 55, 57
7. 07 - Epistulae 60, 61, 63, 70
8. 08 - Epistula 71
9. 09 - Epistulae 72, 73
10. 10 - Epistula 74
11. 11 - Epistulae 75, 76
12. 12 - Epistulae 79, 80

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Seneca is an important repository of Stoic doctrine. His reputation, based on the ancient testimony, has remained ambiguous down to the present day: he was a Stoic hero who attempted to advise Nero, he was a dissolute hypocrite, he was a Christian saint. That said, his letters provided a format for philosophical discourse that long remained valid for Western Europe. His musings always sprang from concrete situations: the games in the Coliseum, the noise from a public bath below his apartment. Montaigne admired the style of his Latin, which he called "nerveux": taut and full of energy.