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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • Lucius Annaeus Seneca © BeBa/Iberfoto

    Lucius Annaeus Seneca © BeBa/Iberfoto







Born: ca. 4 A.D.

Died: ca. 65 A.D.

" Roman philosopher. He was the most important representative of the new Stoicism, which was also influenced by opposing sources such as Epicureanism."

He was born in Curduba (Cordoba) in Roman Baetica, around the year 4 A.D. He studied rhetoric in Rome, where he learnt about the different branches of Stoicism. He started a career in politics and was appointed quaestor. He opposed Caligula, and Claudius sent him into exile. He returned to Rome as a tutor to young Nero, and served as his advisor until 62 A.D. Nero forced him to commit suicide, accusing him of complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy. Seneca's moral tone is full of religious nuances, which caused people to speculate about the possibility of him being a Christian. In his writings on natural science he discussed especially topics such as earthquakes and their connection with volcanoes. He also wrote nine dramas inspired by classical Greek models. He died in Rome around the year 65.

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