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Seneca, the philosopher and his modern message - by Richard Mott Gummere- PDF

Seneca, the philosopher, and his modern message

Seneca, the philosopher and his modern message


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Lucius Annaeus Seneca the prime minister of Nero, the outstanding figure of his age, and the author of many political and philosophical experiments was far ahead of his contemporaries. 

That is the chief reason for the very downright opinions, pros, and cons, which have been expressed during nineteen centuries regarding his personality and his works. However varyingly the world has rated him, the last two decades have brought him into his own. Instead of a gossip-laden courtier, Seneca has been proved a constructive statesman; instead of a second-hand philosopher, he has come to be viewed as the Bossuet of Imperial Rome, lacking the simplicity of Musonius and Epictetus, but handling his contemporaries without gloves and advising them as the French bishop advised the circle of Louis.

There is no doubt that fuller in- investigation reveals him as a man of originality, vitality, and power. It is this disregard of crusted tradition that any unbiased student of Seneca's writings will note with interest. The inner light of the Spirit the sacred freedom of the individual the great er respect due to women.


This was the " world-citizen " creed which believed knowledge to be attainable and defined virtue as something different from the laissez-faire watchword of Epicureanism. It held to a regular sequence of sensation, mind-picture, concept, and knowledge. 

Stoicism bade the wise man master the science of government and the arts of speaking and writing. And furthermore, it promised a glimpse of immortality. All the other creeds of Greece were represented in Rome, but, as the Republic ended and the Empire began, Stoicism was the acknowledged leader.

Publication date: 1922
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