Moral Letters, Vol. I cover

Moral Letters, Vol. I

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4-65)

1. Introduction
2. On Saving Time
3. On Discursiveness in Reading
4. On True and False Friendship
5. On the Terrors of Death
6. On the Philosopher's Mean
7. On Sharing Knowledge
8. On Crowds
9. On the Philosopher's Seclusion
10. On Philosophy and Friendship
11. On Living to Oneself
12. On the Blush of Modesty
13. On Old Age
14. On Groundless Fears
15. On the Reasons for Withdrawing from the World
16. On Brawn and Brains
17. On Philosophy, the Guide of Life
18. On Philosophy and Riches
19. On Festivals and Fasting
20. On Worldliness and Retirement
21. On Practising What You Preach
22. On the Renown Which My Writings Will Bring You
23. On the Futility of Half-Way Measures
24. On the True Joy Which Comes from Philosophy
25. On Despising Death
26. On Reformation
27. On Old Age and Death
28. On the Good Which Abides
29. On Travel as a Cure for Discontent
30. On the Critical Condition of Marcellinus
31. On Conquering the Conqueror
32. On Siren Songs
33. On Progress
34. On the Futility of Learning Maxims
35. On a Promising Pupil
36. On the Friendship of Kindred Minds
37. On the Value of Retirement
38. On Allegiance to Virtue
39. On Quiet Conversation
40. On Noble Aspirations
41. On the Proper Style for a Philosopher's Discourse
42. On the God Within Us
43. On Values
44. On the Relativity of Fame
45. On Philosophy and Pedigrees
46. On Sophistical Argumentation
47. On a New Book by Lucilius
48. On Master and Slave
49. On Quibbling as Unworthy of the Philosopher
50. On the Shortness of Life
51. On Our Blindness and Its Cure
52. On Baiae and Morals
53. On Choosing Our Teachers
54. On the Faults of the Spirit
55. On Asthma and Death
56. On Vatia's Villa
57. On Quiet and Study
58. On the Trials of Travel
59. On Being
60. On Pleasure and Joy
61. On Harmful Prayers
62. On Meeting Death Cheerfully
63. On Good Company
64. On Grief for Lost Friends
65. On the Philosopher's Task
66. On the First Cause

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"Among the personalities of the early Roman Empire there are few who offer to the readers of to-day such dramatic interest as does Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the author of the Epistles which are translated in this volume. ... In these letters, it is impossible to ignore the advance from a somewhat stiff and Ciceronian point of view into the attractive and debatable land of what one may fairly call modern ideas. The style of the Epistles is bold, and so is the thought." (from the Introduction)