By Seneca, M. D. Usher
Born in four b.c., Seneca lived in the course of probably the most turbulent occasions in Roman historical past. He served as show after which adviser to the emperor Nero, witnessing firsthand many crimes and debaucheries. His stories led him to show clear of public lifestyles and retreat into philosophical contemplation. a number one proponent of Stoicism, he has encouraged writers and thinkers during the centuries.Seneca’s letters and essays are preferably appropriate for intermediate- point Latin scholars. Written in a transparent and crisp sort, they're common in scope and mental in orientation. For this version, M. D. Usher has prepared the decisions via subject, size, and measure of hassle. Usher additionally presents line-by-line notes on grammar, variety, and content material, and a vocabulary directory all Latin phrases present in the texts.
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Hoc, quam verum sit, necesse est scias, cum habueris et servum et inimicum. In omnes personas hic exardescit affectus; tam ex amore nascitur quam ex odio, non minus inter seria quam inter lusus et iocos. Nec interest ex quam magna causa nascatur, sed in qualem perveniat animum. Sic ignis non refert quam magnus, sed quo incidat. Nam etiam maximum solida non receperunt; rursus arida et corripi facilia scintillam quoque fovent usque in incendium. Ita est, mi Lucili, ingentis irae exitus furor est, et ideo ira vitanda est non moderationis causa, sed sanitatis.
Etiamnunc molestior est mihi sonus qui intermittitur subinde quam qui continuatur. Sed iam me sic ad omnia ista duravi, ut audire vel pausarium possim voce acerbissima remigibus modos dantem. Animum enim cogo sibi intentum esse nec avocari ad externa; omnia licet foris resonent, dum intus nihil tumultus sit, dum inter se non rixentur cupiditas et timor, dum avaritia luxuriaque non dissideant nec altera alteram vexet. Nam quid prodest totius regionis silentium, si adfectus fremunt? Omnia noctis erant placida composta quiete falsum est.
Aggredere, anime, diu meditatum opus, eripe te rebus humanis. 11 vir, acerrimus sui vindex, alienae saluti consulit et instruit discedentium fugam, dum studia etiam nocte ultima tractat, dum gladium sacro pectori infigit, dum viscera spargit et illam sanctissimam animam indignamque quae ferro contaminaretur manu educit. 12 certum et efficax vulnus: non fuit dis immortalibus satis spectare Catonem semel; retenta ac revocata virtus est ut in difficiliore parte se ostenderet; non enim tam magno animo mors initur quam repetitur.