Selected Letters from a Stoic
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a dramatist, statesman and a Stoic philosopher and his writings are believed to be the foremost works on the philosophy of Stoicism. Exiled and later forced to take his life over an alleged conspiracy of assassinating a Roman Emperor, Seneca drew strength from his belief in Stoicism that led him to see his sufferings in a positive light. Seneca wrote a series of letters, where he propagates this philosophy of ‘living-well’ or Eudaimonia while detailing aspects of life including friendship, pleasure, aspirations, self-control, suicide, fears and oldage. Though centuries old, the philosophy is still relevant today as the followers appreciate virtues, meaning and the purpose of life Stoicism offers.
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