Seneca Minor dialogues PDF book together with the dialogue On clemency

Seneca Minor dialogues PDF book  together with the dialogue On clemency  translated by Aubrey Stewart 1889

Seneca Minor dialogues PDF book


Contents :

Of Providence - On the Firmness of the Wise Man - Of Anger. - Or Consolation, To Marcia - Of a Happy Life - Of Leisure - Of Peace of Mind - Of the Shortness of Life - Consolation. To Helvia - To POLYBIUS - Of Clemency. 

Excerpt 
You have asked me, Lncilius, why, if the world is ruled by providence, so many evils befall good men? The answer to this would be more conveniently given in the course of this work after we have proved that providence governs the universe and that God is amongst us: but, since you wish me to deal with one point apart from the whole, and to answer one replication before the main action has been decided, I will do what is not difficult, and plead the cause of the gods.

 At the present time, it is superfluous to point out that it is not without some guardian that so great a work maintains its position, that the assemblage and movements of the stars do not depend upon accidental impulses, or that objects whose motion is regulated by chance often fall into confusion and soon stumble, whereas this swift and safe movement goes on governed by eternal law, bearing with it so many things both on sea and land, so many most brilliant lights shining in order in the skies; that this regularity does not belong to matter moving at random, and that particles brought together by chance could not arrange themselves wt as to make the heaviest weight, that of the earth, remain unmoved, and behold the flight of the heavens as they hasten round it, to make the seas pour into the valleys and so temper the climate of the land, without any sensible increase from the rivers which flow into them, or to cause huge growths to proceed from minute seeds.

Author: Seneca
Translator: Aubrey Stewart
 Publication Date:1889


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