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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

(c. 4 bc — 65 ad) Roman statesman, philosopher, and dramatist


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(after 4 bc–ad 65)

Roman statesman and a trenchant expositor of Stoicism. His principal ethical writings are the Epistolae Morales (‘Moral Letters’), an early literary exploitation of the letter form. He enjoyed a hectic career, which included banishment to Corsica for adultery with Julia Livilla, the niece of the emperor Claudius; his forced suicide provided an influential model of Stoicism in action.

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