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Seneca The Younger, Letters, 114.1


nanYou have been asking me why, during certain periods, a degenerate style of speech comes to the fore, and how it is that men's wits have gone downhill into certain vices – in such a way that exposition at one time has taken on a kind of puffed-up strength, and at another has become mincing and modulated like the music of a concert piece. You wonder why sometimes bold ideas – bolder than one could believe – have been held in favour, and why at other times one meets with phrases that are disconnected and full of innuendo, into which one must read more meaning than was intended to meet the ear. Or why there have been epochs which maintained the right to a shameless use of metaphor. For answer, here is a phrase which you are wont to notice in the popular speech – one which the Greeks have made into a proverb: "Man's speech is just like his life."[1]


nanI wish, my dear Lucilius, that you would not be too particular with regard to words and their arrangement; I have greater matters than these to commend to your care. You should seek what to write, rather than how to write it – and even that not for the purpose of writing but of feeling it, that you may thus make what you have felt more your own and, as it were, set a seal on it.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

8 results
1. Hesiod, Theogony, 101-103, 98-100 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

100. Employing gentle words persuasively
2. Homer, Odyssey, 1.57, 3.103, 12.40, 12.44 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

3. Dionysius of Halycarnassus, De Veterum Censura, 4.1-4.2 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

4. Petronius Arbiter, Satyricon, 1.3 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

5. Petronius Arbiter, Satyricon, 1.3 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

6. Quintilian, Institutes of Oratory, 1.11.1, 11.3.91 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

1.11.1.  The comic actor will also claim a certain amount of our attention, but only in so far as our future orator must be a master of the art of delivery. For I do not of course wish the boy, whom we are training to this end, to talk with the shrillness of a woman or in the tremulous accents of old age. 11.3.91.  For even comic actors seem to me to commit a gross offence against the canons of their art when, if they have in the course of some narrative to quote either the words of an old man (as, for example, in the prologue to the Hydria), or of a woman (as in the Georgus), they utter them in a tremulous or a treble voice, notwithstanding the fact that they are playing the part of a young man. So true is it that certain forms of imitation may be a blemish even in those whose art consists in imitation.
7. Tacitus, Dialogus De Oratoribus, 1.1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

8. Apuleius, The Golden Ass, 1.1.1, 1.1.3 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aelius aristides Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28
aidôs Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 175
aischunê Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 175
bees Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
boasting Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 155
burrow, colin Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 37
calpurnius piso (gaius?) Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 155
calypso Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
clement of alexandria Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 439
decline of eloquence, seneca the younger on Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 240, 241
decorum, and verecundia Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 155
democritus Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 175
dialogue, as genre Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 241
dionysius of halicarnassus, ethos (character) Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 37
dionysius of halicarnassus, prohairesis (deliberate choice) Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 37
dionysius of halicarnassus, rhetorical works Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 37
dionysius of halicarnassus Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 37
epic poetry Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
fabula milesia Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28
genre, dialogue Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 241
heresy, division/multiplicity of Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 439
jewish people Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 439
leo, friedrich Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 240
lexicalization of emotions, n. Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 175
lexicalization of emotions Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 175
lucceius, lucius Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 155
maecenas Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 155
metaphors, and pudor Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 175
mulcere and permulcere Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28
nestor Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
norden, eduard Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 240
nostoi Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
odysseus Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
petronius Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
quintilian, de causis corruptae eloquentiae Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 240
rhetoric, singing style Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28
rhetoric Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28, 33
rome Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28
sirens Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 33
stoicism, orthodox borrowing from Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 439
style, of tacitus in dialogus' Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 240
style, of tacitus in dialogus Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 241
tacitus, form of Keeline, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy (2018) 241
utile and dulce Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28, 33
verecundia, and decorum Kaster, Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (2005) 155
witches and witchcraft Graverini, Literature and Identity in The Golden Ass of Apuleius (2012) 28, 33
χυδαῖος Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 439