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The Spiritual Teachings of Seneca: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Wisdom | [Mark Forstater, Victoria Radin]

The Spiritual Teachings of Seneca: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Wisdom

Seneca was dedicated to Stoicism, and in his essays and letters he explained the stoic position on many fundamental issues: pleasure and the problem of desire, happiness, and contentment; anger, fear, living in the present, how to think for yourself, anxiety and tranquillity, goodness, freedom, trusting the universe; courage, opportunity, cruelty and how to deal with it, friendship, love and trust, death and how to live, learning , chance and fate, time, aspirations, wisdom - and more.
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Publisher's Summary

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (1- 65 CE) was a complete and successful man of the world. A famous writer, statesman, and philosopher who became absurdly wealthy, he parlayed his role as Emperor Nero's tutor into becoming one of the two men who ruled the Roman Empire in Nero's name. In his lifetime, Seneca enjoyed nearly unlimited power, wealth and fame.

Seneca was dedicated to Stoicism, and in his essays and letters he explained the stoic position on many fundamental issues: pleasure and the problem of desire, happiness, and contentment; anger, fear, living in the present, how to think for yourself, anxiety and tranquillity, goodness, freedom, trusting the universe; courage, opportunity, cruelty and how to deal with it, friendship, love and trust, death and how to live, learning , chance and fate, time, aspirations, wisdom - and more.

©2008 Mark Forstater and Victoria Radin; (P)2008 Mark Forstater and Victoria Radin

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    Mark Burbank, CA, United States 08-03-08
    Mark Burbank, CA, United States 08-03-08
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    "Odd presentation style"

    I am a fan of Seneca,
    and have read most of his works.

    This collection of sayings was not done
    all that well.

    The female voice is difficult to understand
    at times.

    The audio file is worth listening to.
    It will give you a sense of Senaca's thoughts,
    but I had higher hopes for it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Crewe, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    4/4/09
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    "Disappointing"

    This is not the pure unadulterated work of Seneca but rather a modern 'take' on it, read alternately by a male and female speaker making constant references to the modern world using a modern vocabulary. The wisdom and beauty of the original thought and prose are lost in the translation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    9/3/14
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    "Strange but effective"
    Any additional comments?

    To get the criticisms out of the way, it is difficult sometimes to tell whether you are listening to actual quotes from Seneca in parts or commentary on his writing. In a way this audiobook is a bit jumbled up: some parts are placed next to each other which I have read elsewhere as two different pieces of his writing. However this is still hugely enjoyable for several reasons. First the narration is excellent, particularly from David Troughton, who applies just the right tone of tongue in cheek cynicism to make listening over and over again great fun. The ideas are deep, but they make you laugh and think at the same time. Secondly, at only 90 minutes, you can digest and memorise the ideas by listening several times. Naff cover though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • haley
    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "encapturing"
    Would you listen to The Spiritual Teachings of Seneca again? Why?

    This audio is beautifully presented in away that is easy listening and keeps you interested and wanting to go back and reread.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Forstater and Victoria Radin again?

    yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a excellent book to consider aspects of philosophy and be introduced to Seneca.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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