Posted on

Seneca quotes, books and biography

Seneca Biography

Lucius Anneus Seneca ( Cordoba, 4 BC, Rome, 65 AD), named Seneca the Younger to distinguish him from his father, was a Roman philosopher, politician, orator and writer. He was senator of the Roman Empire during the governments of Tiberio, Calígula, Claudius and Nero. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. He was forced to take his own life for alleged complicity in the conspiracy to assassinate Nero. However, some sources state that he may have been innocent.

Seneca stood out as a thinker, both intellectually and politically. He was a prominent figure in Roman politics during the imperial era, one of the most admired, influential, and respected senators.

Seneca is one of the greatest representative of Stoicism.


Seneca Books

He did not write a systematic work of philosophy; His philosophical thought, his Stoic ideas, are expressed throughout his work. Some recommended essays for newcomers to Stoicism are: On Tranquility of Mind and On the Shortness of Life.

Includes the essays On the Shortness of Life, Consolation to Helvia, and On Tranquility of Mind.

Is a collection of 124 letters which were written by Seneca at the end of his life, during his retirement, and written after he had worked for the Emperor Nero for fifteen years. They are addressed to Lucilius, the then procurator of Sicily.

Best Seneca Quotes

You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.
Seneca - On the shortness of life

Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age.
Seneca - On the shortness of life

If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.
Seneca - Letters from a Stoic