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On A Happy Life

On A Happy Life

by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Publication Date: 25/11/2020
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Seneca's On a Happy Life - written almost 2000 years ago for

his older brother - is an engrossing compendium of timeless Stoic

wisdom. The Philosopher's advice covers all aspects of human

existence, and includes avoiding intense emotions, desires and fears,

and rejecting 'group-think' or mindlessly following social trends.

Rather than seeking a transitory "happiness" in things and events,

we should aspire to inner contentment and peace of mind via the

practice of justice and virtue, so that we may live the kind of life we

can look back on and not feel ashamed.

These are values and morals that ring as true today as two millennia

ago. They are lessons that will benefit anyone regardless of age,

wealth, gender or social position. A fascinating, and very practical,

insight into the world-view of history's most famous Stoic.

"The more eagerly a man struggles to reach happiness,

the further he departs along the wrong road; and since

this track leads in the opposite direction, his very swiftness

carries him all the further from his goal."

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born at Cordoba in Spain around 4 BC. He rose to prominence in Rome, pursuing a career in the courts and political life, for which he had been trained, while also acquiring celebrity as an author of tragedies and essays.

Falling foul of successive emperors (Caligula in AD 39 and Claudius in AD 41), he spent eight years in exile, allegedly for an affair with Caligula's sister. Recalled in AD 49, he was made praetor and was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD 54, the emperor Nero. On Nero's succession, Seneca acted for some eight years as an unofficial chief minister.

The early part of this reign was remembered as a period of sound government, for which the main credit seems due to Seneca. His control over Nero declined as enemies turned the emperor against him with representations that his popularity made him a danger, or with accusations of immorality or excessive wealth. Retiring from public life he devoted his last three years to philosophy and writing, particularly the Letters to Lucilius.

In AD 65 following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, in which he was thought to be implicated, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide. His fame as an essayist and dramatist lasted until two or three centuries ago, when he passed into literary oblivion, from which the twentieth century has seen a considerable recovery.

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