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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus (4/1 BC–AD 65)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A105-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman statesman and Stoic philosopher, is the earliest Stoic of whose writings any have survived intact. Seneca wrote, in Latin, tragedies and a wide range of philosophical works. His philosophical and literary work was carried out in the intervals of an active political career. He is most important for his ethics and psychology, although natural philosophy was not neglected. Unlike many Stoics he showed little interest in logic or dialectic. His most influential work was on the psychology of the passions, the nature of the human will and techniques of moral education; he also wrote extensively on social and political issues from a distinctively Stoic perspective.

Citing this article:
Inwood, Brad. Seneca, Lucius Annaeus (4/1 BC–AD 65), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A105-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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