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How to Die

An Ancient Guide to the End of Life
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die", wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always", and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca's remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out.

Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression.

Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus's description of Seneca's grim suicide.

Introduced, edited, and translated by James S. Romm

©2018 Princeton University Press (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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His voice can be somewhat dull and boring at times, however it was still a good purchase.

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A solid narrative performance!

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  • 12-03-18

Great Reading, Poor Arguments

Seneca has interesting ideas presented, but they don't hold up in a contemporary fashion. When Seneca presents an argument, they are obviously very thought out, and very empirical. However, where I feel he is lacking is where he doesn't represent the lower classes of Roman society very well (and therefore could correlate with our own class divide in the 21st century). Another thing omitted or possibly unconsidered is that to a contemporary understanding, daily living makes it very difficult to happily accept a fulfilled life. Seneca doesn't tell us how to change these things, but rather, why.