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Seneca The Younger, Letters, 5.1-5.2


nanI commend you and rejoice in the fact that you are persistent in your studies, and that, putting all else aside, you make it each day your endeavour to become a better man. I do not merely exhort you to keep at it; I actually beg you to do so. I warn you, however, not to act after the fashion of those who desire to be conspicuous rather than to improve, by doing things which will rouse comment as regards your dress or general way of living.


nanRepellent attire, unkempt hair, slovenly beard, open scorn of silver dishes, a couch on the bare earth, and any other perverted forms of self-display, are to be avoided. The mere name of philosophy, however quietly pursued, is an object of sufficient scorn; and what would happen if we should begin to separate ourselves from the customs of our fellow-men? Inwardly, we ought to be different in all respects, but our exterior should conform to society.


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

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1. Crates, Letters, 16 (4th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

2. Cicero, Letters To His Friends, 7.1.6 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

3. Dio Chrysostom, Orations, 13.10, 72.5 (1st cent. CE

13.10.  Accordingly I reflected that Odysseus after all his wanderings did not hesitate to roam once more, when he carried an oar as Teiresias, a man dead and gone, had advised him, until he should fall in with people who knew not the sea, even by hearsay; and should not I follow his example if God so bade? So after exhorting myself in this way neither to fear or be ashamed of my action, and putting on humble attire and otherwise chastening myself, I  proceeded to roam everywhere.
4. Epictetus, Discourses, 1.25.1-1.25.6, 3.22.10, 3.22.50, 4.1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

5. Seneca The Younger, De Beneficiis, 7.1.3 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

6. Seneca The Younger, Letters, 1.1, 4.1-4.2, 5.2, 6.1, 9.8-9.9, 9.12-9.14, 9.16-9.17, 24.11, 24.16, 59.14-59.17, 70.4-70.6, 71.26-71.28, 73.13-73.15, 83.27 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

7. Lucian, The Runaways, 20, 4, 14 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

14. The externals of philosophy, as you know, are easily aped: it is a simple matter to assume the cloak and wallet, walk with a stick, and bawl, and bark, and bray, against all corners. They know that they are safe; their cloth protects them. Liberty is thus within their grasp: no need to ask their master's leave; should he attempt to reclaim them, their sticks are at his service. No more short commons for them now, no more of crusts whose dryness is mitigated only by herbs or salt fish: they have choice of meats, drink the best of wines, and take money where they will, shearing the sheep, as they call it when they levy contributions, in the certainty that many will give, from respect to their garb or fear of their tongues.
8. Lucian, Nigrinus, 24 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

9. Lucian, Philosophies For Sale, 11 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)



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ambition Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
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attalus Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
banquets Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
boldness, dio chrysostom on Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
boldness, philosophers Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
captatio benevolentiae Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
cicero Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372; Zanker, The Mask of Socrates: The Image of the Intellectual in Antiquity (1996) 200
clothing Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
conversion Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
cynicism Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
cynics/cynicism Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
death Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
demetrius the cynic Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
epictetus Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
epistolary, paraenesis Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
ethics, of stoicism Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
exhortation Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
fabianus, papirius Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
fool Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
friendship Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
happiness (eudaimonia) Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
honourableness Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
identity Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
letter, paraenetic Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
letter, seneca Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
lucian Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
lucilius iunior Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
maximus of tyre Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
normative self or identity Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
officium, oikeiosis Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
paraenesis, epistolary Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
paraenesis Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
paul Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
perversion Romana Berno, Roman Luxuria: A Literary and Cultural History (2023) 139
philophronesis Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
pleasure Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
precept Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
progress, moral Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
reason Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
self-concern Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
seneca Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372; Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697; Zanker, The Mask of Socrates: The Image of the Intellectual in Antiquity (1996) 200
simplicity Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
slave/slavery Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697
telos, temporality Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
virtue Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
war Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
weapon Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
wise, man' Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 149
wise man Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
zeus Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 697