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By Seneca, Martha C. Nussbaum, Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE - sixty five CE) was once a Roman Stoic thinker, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all in the course of the Silver Age of Latin literature. the full Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a clean and compelling sequence of recent English-language translations of his works in 8 available volumes. Edited by way of world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this enticing assortment restores Seneca - whose works were hugely praised by means of glossy authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson - to his rightful position one of the classical writers most generally studied within the humanities.

Anger, Mercy, Revenge contains 3 key writings: the ethical essays On Anger and On Clemency which have been penned as recommendation for the then younger emperor, and the Apocolocyntosis, a super satire lampooning the tip of the reign of Claudius. buddy and teach, in addition to thinker, Seneca welcomed the age of Nero in tones alternately critical, poetic, and comedian making Anger, Mercy, Revenge a piece simply as advanced, astute, and impressive as its writer.

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3) Is there anything more spirited than the Germans? Anything keener on the attack? Anything more eager for the arms of war that they know from birth, that nurture and sustain them, that they have as their sole passion, turning their backs on all else? Anything tougher when it comes to enduring harsh conditions, thanks to the fact that they mostly leave their bodies uncovered and take no shelter from their unendingly freezing climate? (4) Yet Spaniards and Gauls and men of Asia and Syria (virtually women when it comes to war) cut them down, before one of our legions is even in sight,87 when their inclination to anger—and nothing else—makes them easy prey.

40 (7) Of course I’m not unaware that the rest of the passions, too, are difficult to hide, that lust and fear and recklessness signal their presence and can be recognized in advance. Any unusually forceful disturbance inevitably causes a stir in one’s expression. What’s the difference, then? Other passions are visible, but anger makes itself obvious. 41 Butchery and poisoning, suits and countersuits,42 cities destroyed, entire nations wiped out, leading citizens sold on the auction block,43 dwellings put to the torch, then the blaze, unchecked by the city walls, turning vast tracts of land bright with the attacking flame.

When so many thousands of Cimbri and Teutoni85 poured over the Alps, what destroyed them—so utterly that their people back home learned the news only by rumor, since not even a messenger escaped— what destroyed them if not the fact they had anger instead of virtue? 86 And just as anger sometimes has been known to provide momentum and lay low the things in its path, so it has more often been selfdestructive. (3) Is there anything more spirited than the Germans? Anything keener on the attack? Anything more eager for the arms of war that they know from birth, that nurture and sustain them, that they have as their sole passion, turning their backs on all else?

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