By Gregor Damschen, Mario Waida
This new and demanding advent to Seneca offers a scientific and concise presentation of this author's philosophical works and his tragedies. It presents guide type surveys of every actual or attributed paintings, giving dates and short descriptions, and making an allowance for crucial philosophical and philological matters. additionally, they supply debts of the most important steps within the heritage in their later impact. The cultural historical past of the texts and an important troublesome areas in the philosophic and tragic corpus of Seneca are handled in separate essays.
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Seneca describes himself and his brothers as locupletes (dial. 12 [= cons. 3), a term that is more likely to indicate that their wealth derived from landowning than other sources (see Levick 2003). But then wealth derived from land continued to hold a higher status under the Principate than wealth from commerce, so Seneca would be more likely to depict his family holding as being of the former sort. imago suae vitae: seneca’s life and career 25 first it restored, then ignored, then restored, then ignored republican-era legislation against accepting pay for legal representation.
84 Habinek 1997. 20 thomas habinek continuer of both her husband’s and her father’s traditions (she is, after all, a Pompey). 86 Slavery We can press the Tacitean death scene yet further for the access it offers to other dimensions of the social self in the middle of the first century ad. As Tacitus reports, when the conspiracy against Nero was being investigated, Seneca was denounced by one Natalis for having said that his well-being depended on that of Piso. ”87 The contrast between freedom and slavery may seem to be a rhetorical one,88 since Seneca was in no legal sense anyone’s slave, but it points us to features of the death scene too easily overlooked, especially the role of slaves within it.
Tacitus tells us not only that Seneca composed death-bed remarks that survived to his own day, but that he referred, in effect, to his large corpus of philosophical treatises in seeking to regulate the emotional response of friends who witnessed his death. As Tacitus puts it, “partly by conversation and partly in the more intense role of a reprimander (coercentis), he recalled those present from their tears to fortitude, asking repeatedly where were the precepts of their wisdom (praecepta sapientiae)?
Brill's Companion to Seneca: Philosopher and Dramatist by Gregor Damschen, Mario Waida