Month: May 2018

Summum bonum

Summum Bonum is an expression from Cicero, Rome’s greatest orator. In Latin, it means “the highest good.” And what is the highest good? What is it that we are supposed to be aiming for in this life? To the Stoics, the answer is virtue. If we act virtuously, they believed, everything else important could follow: …

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Sympatheia

Sympatheia (συμπάθεια): sympathy, affinity of parts to the organic whole, mutual interdependence.   Revere the gods, and look after each other. Life is short—the fruit of this life is a good character and acts for the common good.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.30   “Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. …

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Letters From a Stoic by Seneca: Book Summary, Key Lessons and Best Quotes

Seneca was a prominent Roman philosopher and playwright who published several essential works about Stoicism. He is considered one of the three key Stoic philosophers (alongside Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus), counseled Emperor Nero, and is often credited with rendering Stoicism more accessible to a larger audience than his counterparts. You can read a longer profile …

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How to Die: What Author James Romm Learned From Seneca’s Writings on Death

We first interviewed author and scholar James Romm back in 2016 after his review of The Daily Stoic in the Wall Street Journal, but in that interview we focused primarily on James’s great biography of Seneca, Dying Every Day. This year, James is back with another book, this time translating and collecting Seneca’s various thoughts …

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