Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780226748412 Published July 2010
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226748429 Published November 2012
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Anger, Mercy, Revenge

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

272 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780226748412 Published July 2010
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226748429 Published November 2012
E-book $7.00 to $27.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226748535 Published July 2010

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this engaging collection restores Seneca—whose works have been highly praised by modern authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson—to his rightful place among the classical writers most widely studied in the humanities.

Anger, Mercy, Revenge comprises three key writings: the moral essays On Anger and On Clemency—which were penned as advice for the then young emperor, Nero—and the Apocolocyntosis, a brilliant satire lampooning the end of the reign of Claudius. Friend and tutor, as well as philosopher, Seneca welcomed the age of Nero in tones alternately serious, poetic, and comic—making Anger, Mercy, Revenge a work just as complicated, astute, and ambitious as its author.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"The translations strike that difficult balance between fidelity to the original and natural English idiom. Latinless readers will not be confused, philosophically minded readers will appreciate the citations, and classicists will find in the notes the discussion and arguments they may want to clarify the original....An admirable effort to bring Seneca to a wider audience."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Choice

“The translations are faithful and lively. . . . Although the translators take Seneca seriously as a moralizing philosopher, their introductions and annotations—though attentive to the literary and rhetorical qualities Seneca’s writing displays—are not technical in terms of philosophy. Accordingly, they will be accessible to any intelligent reader.”

Contents

Seneca and His World


On Anger

Translated by Robert A. Kaster

Translator’s Introduction

On Anger

Notes


On Clemency

Translated by Robert A. Kaster

Translator’s Introduction

On Clemency

Notes


The Pumpkinification of Claudius the God

Translated by Martha C. Nussbaum

Translator’s Introduction

The Pumpkinification of Claudius the God


Index

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