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This book is the first extensive study of the role of the family in the work of Seneca. It offers a new way of reading philosophy that combines philosophical analysis with social, cultural and historical factors to bring out the ways in which Stoicism presents itself as in tune with the universe. The family serves a central role in an individual's moral development - both the family as conventionally understood, and the wider conceptual family which Stoicism constructs. Innovative readings of Seneca's work bring out the importance of the family to his thought and how it interacts with other Stoic doctrines. We learn how to be virtuous from observing and imitating our family, who can be biological relatives or people we choose as our intellectual ancestors. The Ethics of the Family in Seneca will be of particular interest to researchers in Roman Stoicism, imperial culture and the history of the family.Read more
- Argues for greater attention to the role of the family in ancient philosophy
- Synthesises philosophical, historical and literary material to produce a more rounded picture of the family
- Gives the first thorough discussion in English of Seneca's fragmentary De matrimonio
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'This is a significant achievement and will be warmly appreciated by students of Seneca’s thought and of Roman social history alike.' Brad Inwood, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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- Date Published: February 2017
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107145474
- length: 258 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Model mothers
2. A band of brothers
3. The mystery of marriage
4. The desirable contest between fathers and sons
5. The imperfect imperial family
6. Rewriting the family
Appendix. The text and transmission of Seneca's De matrimonio.
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