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Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius (eBook)

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  • 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.

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AuthorLucius Annaeus Seneca
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
Publication dateNovember 20, 2015
Print length633 pages
Customer Reviews★★★★★ / 174 ratings
"An exceptionally accessible" new translation of "the lively and urgent writings of one of classical antiquity's most important ethicists" (Choice).

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.

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If they just repackaged the original Greek in a PDF, I'd mostly agree.

However, you're paying for the translation and the work it takes to put that into eBook format. While not quite the same as a fully original work, translating from an old language is actual work, and deserves compensation if you benefit from it.

I'm all on-board with the righteous crusade against copyright imperialism, but there's nothing wrong with paying for a newer, hopefully better translation of an old, classic work. That is, if you feel like you need/want it. Nobody's forcing you.​
I think it's despicable that someone makes money off of an author who lived two thousand years ago: https://archive.org/details/lette...s-pdf-room