Seneca by Star Christopher
After centuries of neglect there is renewed interest in the life and works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca (or Seneca the Younger c 4 BCE-65 CE). At one time an advisor at court to Nero Seneca and his political career came to ruin when he was implicated in a later plot to kill the capricious and matricidal emperor and compelled to commit suicide. Discredited through collusion or at least association with a notorious and tyrannical regime Seneca's ideas were for a time also considered derivative of Greek stoicism and thus inferior to the real thing. In this first in-depth introduction to be published for many years Christopher Star shows what a remarkable statesman dramatist and philosopher his subject actually was. Seneca's original contributions to political philosophy and the philosophy of the emotions were considerable. He was a favourite authority of Tertullian who saw Seneca as proto-believer and early humanist. And he is a key figure in the history of ideas and the Renaissance as well as in literature and drama. This new survey does full justice to his significance.