Who is Seneca? (Rome's Greatest Stoic Thinker)

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For a boy born in a tiny village in Southern Spain—some 1,500 miles away from the place he dreamed of making a name for himself—it would please Lucius Annaeus Seneca very much to know we are still talking about him today.

His fellow Stoics wrote at length about the worthlessness of celebrity, the foolishness of chasing posthumous fame, the inevitably of time passing and sweeping our names into obscurity.

Seneca studied those philosophers. He read those writings. He agreed with them.

“The deep flood of time will roll over us,” he wrote. “Some few great men will raise their heads above it.” But most are “destined…to depart into the same realms of silence, [to] battle against oblivion.”

Aware as Seneca was of the improbability of lasting significance, it didn’t deter him. If anything, it propelled him. In a way, it only reaffirmed what he already knew.

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39 thoughts on “Who is Seneca? (Rome's Greatest Stoic Thinker)

  1. Seneca realized at an early age, what so many never do, life is short……………… and so he needed a quick profit, so he forced huge unsolicited loans to British Celtic tribes, and demanded that they pay back with interest shortly thereafter……. How stoic

  2. Need an editor for the captions of the narration.
    The "rein" of Caesar? Try reign.
    Running "a fowl" of Nero? It's afoul.
    Also other apostrophe and spelling mistakes.
    Voice to text is not perfect technology

  3. Rome's greatest Stoic thinker is not Seneca but Marcus Aurelius, as Seneca was a power-hungry usurer and hypocrite who was pretty bad at practicing what he preached.

    However, being a student of Stoicism means that we should learn from his writings and words and see his life as a cautionary tale.

  4. I bet he had access to medicine that made him feel well at least temporarily from his his Chronic illness, all you get in the United Tyrannical States is no health insurance and debt inducing medical bills for shit that you don’t need or want. Seneca had it better than most Americans do today. What a bitch.

  5. We not talking about him today I'm just hearing of him and I absolutely love history….. and rome philosophers and historians or phonies and refer to Josephus and claim he was Roman but his own words biography tells who he actually is…

  6. The representations of Seneca with a beard and a full head of hair have long been proven to be inaccurate, the bust of Seneca that was found shows he was balding and clean shaven.

  7. Aaa aaaa pero voghio fare una parentezi mio sonno ii pu sagi della terra che hanno messo i leggi della tera per far diventtare uomo uomo sulla terra per poter vivere in pace perche siiamo cacciti dal paradiso teresrte clonatti da alieni chi sa dove sonno venutti da qualghe altra piianetta futui in gura sai fut neo alungat din raiul paramindesc mai neo clonat pe pamant mai oamenilor mai va zic si zona unde dar mai specificacndo unde vo do iara dupa iara dar iei isi luau masisineria la smecheria si plecau din mexin mai oameni buni cine stie unde caci au conturile da fare con me fereasca dio ,???,?indagatte pure dupa aia va dau giardinno di dio grazie ok nu poti crea planette asa caci e ascuns tottul sul albert ainstain alfa e omega e infinitul astept una risposta da una persona savantte pure grazie ok perche noi siammo planetta nostra de primmo grado purre perro sonno gli altrri di secondo graddo terzo quardde pure che vivonno sollo con energia indagate pure aiutto umanittario pure sara una scoperta pure pero il bil ghates futul in gura sal fut nu trebuia sa iji bata joc de lume asa sa faca pea nebunul sattana

  8. Am I really the only one commenting on the spelling mistakes in the translation? And English is not even my mother tongue … More importantly, it seems that not everything he says, is true or at least correctly interpreted.

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