Letters from a Stoic

Lucio Anneo Seneca

Letters from a Stoic



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Letters From A Stoic is a collection of letters selected by editor Robin Campbell from the famous MoralLetters to Lucilius. The English edition contains 42 of the 124 surviving letters. The choice of which letters to include in the collection was made based on the value each gives to specific topics such as time, death, friendship, while also reflecting the author’s personal point of view. The Moral Letters to Lucilius are extremely important, because they reveal Seneca’s moral and philosophical views, while still remaining highly relevant today. His lessons have stood the test of time, providing us with constant food for thought on the matters of being, living, and dying.

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Analysis and key concepts


The Moral Letters to Lucilius is an important part of Seneca’s literary works


Seneca maintains that friendship is an important value that we must all cultivate


Seneca believes that taking care of our health is also highly important


In order to live a tranquil life, it is important to read as much and as often as possible


Philosophy’s greatest value is that it is able to guide people towards a free life




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Many useful tips to:

  • Discover Seneca’s philosophical approach contained in the Moral Letters.
  • Reflect on friendship, life and death, and illness.
  • Understand the many truths in Seneca’s Moral Letters to Lucilius.
  • Draw inspiration from Seneca’s practical advice for living a peaceful life.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca is one of the best known philosophers of all time. Born in Cordoba, Spain, in 4 BC, he later moved to Rome to complete his studies. He was a pupil of the neo-Pythagorean Diction of Alexandria, and the Stoics Atticus and Papirius Fabianus, and he continued his philosophical studies to become a teacher of rhetoric. He then became involved in politics, and was appointed quaestor by Caligula. Nero sentenced him to death in 65 AD, and Seneca’s defiant response was to commit suicide before hand.

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Penguin Classics