Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65)


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Ancient bust of Seneca –  satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature.

De Vita Beata

Seneca’s “Happy Life” was written about 58 A.D. as an essay directed to his older brother Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus. 

This is the same Gallio before whom the Apostle Paul appears in Acts 18. The argument concerns how one can live the happy life through the pursuit of reason, and is an application of Hellenistic Stoicism in a Roman context.

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A page of De Vita Beata, from the 1543 edition


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