By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was once a Roman Stoic thinker, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all in the course of the Silver Age of Latin literature. the full Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a clean and compelling sequence of recent English-language translations of his works in 8 available volumes. Edited by means of world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this enticing assortment restores Seneca—whose works were hugely praised through sleek authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson—to his rightful position one of the classical writers most generally studied within the humanities.
Anger, Mercy, Revenge comprises 3 key writings: the ethical essays On Anger and On Clemency—which have been penned as suggestion for the then younger emperor, Nero—and the Apocolocyntosis, a super satire lampooning the tip of the reign of Claudius. good friend and show, in addition to thinker, Seneca welcomed the age of Nero in tones alternately critical, poetic, and comic—making Anger, Mercy, Revenge a piece simply as advanced, astute, and impressive as its author.
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3) No one, I say, will be found who can absolve himself; anyone who claims he’s innocent isn’t thinking of his own conscience, only whether his behavior had a witness. How much more truly human to regard wrongdoers with a gentle and paternal cast of mind, not to persecute them but to summon them back. When a person is wandering through the fields in ignorance of the way, it’s better to guide him to the right path than to banish him. 15 And so the wrongdoer should be corrected both by admonition and by force, softly and roughly, and he must be made better for his own sake as much as for that of others, not without scolding but without anger.
5) How else did Fabius restore our dominion’s shaken forces than by knowing how to take his time and drag things out and delay, all things that angry people don’t know how to do? 88 Our dominion would have been lost had Fabius on anger 24 dared to do all that anger urged: he took thought for our common fortunes and—having judged our strength to be such that any loss meant total loss—he set aside his sense of grievance and desire for revenge and focused solely on expedient opportunities. He vanquished his anger before he vanquished Hannibal.
8) Consequently, animals’ attacks and alarms are vigorous, but they’re not fear and anxiety and sadness and anger; merely certain states similar to those passions. For that reason they quickly pass away and are transformed into their opposites: animals that have just been in a rage and a panic now graze quietly; restful sleep follows immediately on bellowing stampedes. )56 Against both definitions it’s objected that wild animals become angry, but without the provocation of being wronged and not for the sake of payback or causing another pain; even if such is the effect of their behavior, it’s not their aim.