[UCP Books]: On Benefits

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The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Series Edited by Shadi Bartsch, Elizabeth Asmis, and Martha C. Nussbaum

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Translated by Miriam Griffin and Brad Inwood


Publication Date: 15 April 2011 978-0-226-74840-5
International publication date: 9 May 2011 Cloth $45.00 • £29.00



Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and advisor to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. With On Benefits, the University of Chicago Press continues its mission to restore this fascinating philosophical figure to his rightful place among those classical writers most widely studied in the humanities.

Written between 56 and 64 CE, On Benefits is a treatise addressed to Seneca’s close friend Aebutius Liberalis. The longest of Seneca’s works dealing with a single subject—how to give and receive benefits and how to express gratitude appropriately—On Benefits is the only complete work on what we now call “gift exchange” to survive from antiquity. Benefits were of great personal significance to Seneca, who remarked in one of his later letters that philosophy teaches us, above all else, to owe and repay benefits well. This accessible new translation from Miriam Griffin and Brad Inwood is perfect for the undergraduate and lay reader alike.




Miriam Griffin is emeritus fellow in ancient history at Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics, among other books. Brad Inwood is professor in the Departments of Classics and Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Reading Seneca: Stoic Philosophy at Rome, among other books.



Please contact Laura Avey at (773) 702-0376 or lavey@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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