Seneca's Letter To Lucilotus: Moral Letters Of Seneca

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Natali Petriashvili 09.12.15 CL 278 Moral Letters of Seneca Seneca was a stoic philosopher. “Seneca was one of the most influential political, intellectual, and literary figures whose works survive to us from antiquity. He shaped the development of the tragic drama in Renaissance Europe, he inspired and influenced literary and intellectual figures as different as Montaigne and Calvin” (Ahl 15). Seneca had very interesting views on many topics including virtue, friendship, honesty, and, also, death. His moral letters to Lucilius discuss themes that are discoverable in many philosophers’ works. Death is one of the most mysterious phenomena. No one has yet discovered what becomes of those who pass away; however, many philosophers, including Seneca, have tried to explain what it means and why humanity desperately fears it. Seneca’s point of view on death is a rather interesting one. In his letters to Lucilius, he explained the terrors of death and the hatred towards it. He, also, discussed old age and the phenomena of taking one’s own life. Seneca starts off the letter “On the Terrors of Death” by explaining that Death is inevitable; however one must not live in the fear of passing away. By accepting the inescapable demise, one learns to live and clear one’s mind. “No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it, or believes that living through many consulships is a great blessing” (Bernier 18). Seneca, also, discusses that men who fear death neither

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