New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism
Seneca: Selected Dialogues and Consolations. Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Peter J. Anderson. Hackett Publishing, 2015.
Seneca's dialogues—as his epistolary essays have traditionally been
known—offer an ideal path into the philosophical thought of
first-century Rome's most famous Stoic, whose compelled suicide in 65
CE (by order of his former pupil Emperor Nero) drew comparisons to the
death of Socrates.
Notable for, among other things, their portrait of a providential universe and defense of the life of virtue, the nine dialogues included in this volume illustrate the deeply intertwined cosmological and moral arguments of ancient Rome’s chief philosophical alternative to Epicureanism and Academic Skepticism.
Peter J. Anderson's new translation conveys the distinctive character of Seneca's style, while striving for accuracy and consistency in its renderings of key terms. His Introduction discusses the dialogues as works of art and situates them in the context of ancient Stoic philosophy as well as the wider philosophical scene. Notes and a glossary are also included.