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Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and James Romm Talk Seneca, Nero and Dying Every Day



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Ryan speaks with James Romm, an author and professor of Classics, about Seneca, one of the three key figures of Stoicism who later in life became an advisor to the emperor Nero. They discuss Seneca’s career as a writer and philosopher and the contemporary lessons we can draw from his life.

James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and in other venues. Professor Romm has written a number of books about classical antiquity, with subjects ranging from Herodotus and Tacitus to Seneca and Alexander the Great.

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