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Hardship and Happiness

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. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this engaging collection helps restore Seneca—whose works have been highly praised by modern authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson—to his rightful place among the classical writers most widely studied in the humanities.

Hardship and Happiness collects a range of essays intended to instruct, from consolations—works that offer comfort to someone who has suffered a personal loss—to pieces on how to achieve happiness or tranquility in the face of a difficult world. Expertly translated, the essays will be read and used by undergraduate philosophy students and experienced scholars alike.

352 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014

The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Classical Studies

History: Ancient and Classical History

Literature and Literary Criticism: Classical Languages

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Reviews

“[The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca] brings together many preeminent anglophone scholars of Seneca as editors and translators and succeeds in its aim to reach a wider audience through readable, modern English translations. . . . The overall high quality of the translations and notes make this volume (and its respective series) highly desirable for scholars and libraries alike.”

Classical Journal

“A significant improvement over what has been available in English of the previous century. . . . The translations presented here admirably achieve the aim set out by the series’ editors: ‘to be faithful to the Latin while reading idiomatically in English.’ . . . Hardship and Happiness is a handsome volume, beautifully conceived and executed.”

Review of Metaphysics

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Chicago for this one-volume selection of essays from long ago, which still have the power to stimulate our minds today.”

Classics for All

Table of Contents

Seneca and His World
Note on Translations and Their Sequence
 
Consolation to Marcia
translated by harry m. hine
Translator’s Introduction
Consolation to Marcia
Notes
 
Consolation to Helvia
translated by gareth d. williams
Translator’s Introduction
Consolation to Helvia
Notes
 
Consolation to Polybius
translated by harry m. hine
Translator’s Introduction
Consolation to Polybius
Notes
 
On the Shortness of Life
translated by gareth d. williams
Translator’s Introduction
On the Shortness of Life
Notes
 
On the Constancy of the Wise Person
Translated by James Ker
Translator’s Introduction
On the Constancy of the Wise Person
Notes
References
 
On Tranquility of Mind
Translated by Elaine Fantham
Translator’s Introduction
On Tranquility of Mind
Notes
Bibliography
 
On Leisure
translated by gareth d. williams
Translator’s Introduction
On Leisure
Notes
 
On the Happy Life
translated by james ker
Translator’s Introduction
On the Happy Life
Notes
References
 
On Providence
translated by james ker
Translator’s Introduction
On Providence
Notes
References
 
Index

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