Book review: The Senecans, by Peter Stothard



If I were to choose a favourite quotation from Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the Roman playwright, satirist, philosopher, statesman and tutor to the emperor Nero, it would be some lines from his Epistles: “Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power how long”.
Peter Stothard’s intriguing and beguiling book in some ways foregrounds the question of longevity and morality. As with his previous books, the former editor of The Times and The Times Literary Supplement intertwines the classical and the... read more

 
28 September 2016 in Lifestyle, Views: 41
Source: Scotsman
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