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  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780718193508
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

Seneca: A Life


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Philosopher, dramatist, rhetorician, Stoic and pragmatist, Seneca was one of the most contradictory figures in ancient Rome, embracing a stern ascetic morality while amassing a fortune under Nero and eventually committing suicide. This definitive biography reveals a life lived perilously in the gap between ideals and reality.

Philosopher, dramatist, rhetorician, Stoic and pragmatist, Seneca was one of the most contradictory figures in ancient Rome, embracing a stern ascetic morality while amassing a fortune under Nero and eventually committing suicide. This definitive biography reveals a life lived perilously in the gap between ideals and reality.

  • Pub date: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780718193508
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

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Praise for Seneca: A Life

“Riveting . . . a fine biography”

Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph

“Seneca's life is wonderfully retold here by the classicist Emily Wilson . . . unpicks his complex but likeable character with sympathy and insight”

Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

“A brilliant biography . . . of a single, troubled and fascinating figure”

Barbara Graziosi, Times Higher

“This clever and learned book is not just a study of a protean and conflicted individual. It is also intended as a lesson for our own times”

Tim Whitmarsh, Literary Review


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