Category Archives: Stoicism – Roman

Chill Out

In Ecclesiastes 12:12, Solomon says, “Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (ca. 4 B.C. to A.D. 65) … Continue reading

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Have Yourself A Tranquil Little Death

Stoic philosopher and essayist Seneca (ca. 4 B.C. to A.D. 65) talks with stirring idealism about how to die tranquilly at Fortune’s apparently arbitrary hand. The first thing one must do is to cultivate flexibility: “We should also make ourselves … Continue reading

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Biblical and Stoic Ethics

It is sometimes argued that the New Testament owes some of its theological ethics to Greco-Roman Stoicism. At my present state of knowledge I can’t enter into that debate, but I find the following parallels interesting. I Scripture: “But the … Continue reading

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Stoic Holiness

Seneca (ca. 4 B.C. to 65 A.D.), a Stoic “wise man,” believes that neither himself nor anything he has is truly his own, but belongs to, another, Dame Fortune, who has allowed him to hold it for a short time: … Continue reading

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All Is Vanity: Deal With It

Seneca (ca. 4 B.C. to 65 A.D.) recommends that since life often sends us for a loop, we should just sit down, shut up, and deal with it: You must reflect that fettered prisoners only at first feel the weight … Continue reading

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Keeping to the Inner Track

One of the ways to obtain the quality of euthymia, “tranquillity [of mind], says Seneca (ca. 4 B.C. to 65 A.D.), is to practice thrift in all things: Let us get used to banishing ostentation, and to measuring things by … Continue reading

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Worthless Books

In line with his Stoic principle that “excess in any sphere is reprehensible,” Seneca (ca. 4 B.C. to 65 A.D.) has this to say about having too large a library: Even in our studies, where expenditure is most worth while, … Continue reading

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