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Seneca The Younger, Letters, 9.16


nanPeople may say: "But what sort of existence will the wise man have, if he be left friendless when thrown into prison, or when stranded in some foreign nation, or when delayed on a long voyage, or when cast upon a lonely shore?" His life will be like that of Jupiter, who, amid the dissolution of the world, when the gods are confounded together and Nature rests for a space from her work, can retire into himself and give himself over to his own thoughts.[10] In some such way as this the sage will act; he will retreat into himself, and live with himself.


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1. Homer, Iliad, 19.258 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

19.258. /made prayer to Zeus; and all the Argives sat thereby in silence, hearkening as was meet unto the king. And he spake in prayer, with a look up to the wide heaven:Be Zeus my witness first, highest and best of gods, and Earth and Sun, and the Erinyes, that under earth
2. Homer, Odyssey, 1.45 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

3. Plato, Phaedrus, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

250b. Now in the earthly copies of justice and temperance and the other ideas which are precious to souls there is no light, but only a few, approaching the images through the darkling organs of sense, behold in them the nature of that which they imitate, and these few do this with difficulty. But at that former time they saw beauty shining in brightness, when, with a blessed company—we following in the train of Zeus, and others in that of some other god—they saw the blessed sight and vision and were initiated into that which is rightly called
4. Plato, Republic, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

532c. but the ability to see the phantasms created by God in water and shadows of objects that are real and not merely, as before, the shadows of images cast through a light which, compared with the sun, is as unreal as they—all this procedure of the arts and sciences that we have described indicates their power to lead the best part of the soul up to the contemplation of what is best among realities, as in our parable the clearest organ in the body was turned to the contemplation of what is brightest
5. Plato, Symposium, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

210e. aid she, give me the very best of your attention. When a man has been thus far tutored in the lore of love, passing from view to view of beautiful things, in the right and regular ascent, suddenly he will have revealed to him, as he draws to the close of his dealings in love, a wondrous vision, beautiful in its nature; and this, Socrates, is the final object of all those previous toils. First of all, it is ever-existent
6. Cicero, On The Nature of The Gods, 2.58, 2.118, 2.167 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

2.58. the nature of the world itself, which encloses and contains all things in its embrace, is styled by Zeno not merely 'craftsmanlike' but actually 'a craftsman,' whose foresight plans out the work to serve its use and purpose in every detail. And as the other natural substances are generated, reared and sustained each by its own seeds, so the world-nature experiences all those motions of the will, those impulses of conation and desire, that the Greeks call hormae, and follows these up with the appropriate actions in the same way as do we ourselves, who experience emotions and sensations. Such being the nature of the world-mind, it can therefore correctly be designated as prudence or providence (for in Greek it is termed pronoia); and this providence is chiefly directed and concentrated upon three objects, namely to secure for the world, first, the structure best fitted for survival; next, absolute completeness; but chiefly, consummate beauty and embellishment of every kind. 2.118. But the stars are of a fiery substance, and for this reason they are nourished by the vapours of the earth, the sea and the waters, which are raised up by the sun out of the fields which it warms and out of the waters; and when nourished and renewed by these vapours the stars and the whole aether shed them back again, and then once more draw them up from the same source, with the loss of none of their matter, or only of an extremely small part which is consumed by the fire of the stars and the flame of the aether. As a consequence of this, so our school believe, though it used to be said that Panaetius questioned the doctrine, there will ultimately occur a conflagration of the whole while, because when the moisture has been used up neither can the earth be nourished nor will the air continue to flow, being unable to rise upward after it has drunk up all the water; thus nothing will remain but fire, by which, as a living being and a god, once again a new world may be created and the ordered universe be restored as before. 2.167. Therefore no great man ever existed who did not enjoy some portion of divine inspiration. Nor yet is this argument to be deprived by pointing to cases where a man's cornfields or vineyards have been damaged by a storm, or an accident has robbed him of some commodity of value, and inferring that the victim of one of these misfortunes is the object of god's hatred or neglect. The gods attend to great matters; they neglect small ones. Now great men always prosper in all their affairs, assuming that the teachers of our school and Socrates, the prince of philosophy, have satisfactorily discoursed upon the bounteous abundance of wealth that virtue bestows.
7. Philo of Alexandria, On The Eternity of The World, 49-51, 48 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

48. Therefore Chrysippus, the most celebrated philosopher of that sect, in his treatise about Increase, utters some such prodigious assertions as these, and after he has prefaced his doctrines with the assertion that it is impossible for two makers of a species to exist in the same substance, he proceeds, "Let it be granted for the sake of argument and speculation that there is one person entire and sound, and another wanting one foot from his birth, and that the sound man is called Dion and the cripple Theon, and afterwards that Dion also loses one of his feet, then if the question were asked which had been spoiled, it would be more natural to say this of Theon;" but this is the assertion of one who delights in paradox rather than in truth
8. Epictetus, Discourses, 1.4.28-1.4.29, 3.13.4-3.13.7, 4.1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

9. New Testament, 1 Corinthians, 15 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

10. Plutarch, On The Fortune Or Virtue of Alexander The Great, None (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

11. Plutarch, On Common Conceptions Against The Stoics, None (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

12. Seneca The Younger, Letters, 4.1-4.2, 5.1, 6.1, 9.8-9.9, 9.12-9.14, 9.17, 41.4-41.5, 59.14-59.17, 70.4-70.6, 71.26-71.28, 73.13-73.15, 83.27 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

13. Maximus of Tyre, Dialexeis, 11.8 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

14. Diogenes Laertius, Lives of The Philosophers, 7.117 (3rd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

7.117. Now they say that the wise man is passionless, because he is not prone to fall into such infirmity. But they add that in another sense the term apathy is applied to the bad man, when, that is, it means that he is callous and relentless. Further, the wise man is said to be free from vanity; for he is indifferent to good or evil report. However, he is not alone in this, there being another who is also free from vanity, he who is ranged among the rash, and that is the bad man. Again, they tell us that all good men are austere or harsh, because they neither have dealings with pleasure themselves nor tolerate those who have. The term harsh is applied, however, to others as well, and in much the same sense as a wine is said to be harsh when it is employed medicinally and not for drinking at all.
15. Stoic School, Stoicor. Veter. Fragm., 1.537, 2.1065, 3.144, 3.332, 3.586



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aether Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
agency-imagination, divine Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
alcinous Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
anthropomorphism Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
aristarchus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
aristotle Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
aujac, g. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
bodies, body Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
causation, cause Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
change (metabolē) to wisdom Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
chrysippus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208; Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21; Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
cicero Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21; Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
cleanthes, cosmopolitanism Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
cleanthes Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208; Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
clement of alexandria Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208; Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
comparison with plato Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
conflagration (ekpyrosis), in stoicism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
cosmic conflagration Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
cosmology, biological model of Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
cosmos or cosmology Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
death Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
dillon, j. Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
epictetus Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270, 372; Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
erōs Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
ethics, of stoicism Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
forms, platonic Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
friendship, among sages Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
friendship, between sages and gods Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
god, material conception in stoicism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
god Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
god and the divine Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
god or supreme father (demiurge) Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
homer Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
honourableness Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
hu¨bner, h. Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
identity Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270, 372
james, a. w. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
law, as the force pervading cosmic nature Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
law, sage participating in Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
life after death, in platonism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
life after death, in stoicism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
logos Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
long, a. a. Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
mansfeld, j. Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
matter Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
maximus of tyre Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
metaphysics Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
middle platonism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
nature, of things Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
nature, pervaded by law Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
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
paradox Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
plato, moment of exaltation Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
plato, timaeus Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
plato Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215; Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
platonism, middle platonism Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
platonism Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
platonists Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
pneuma Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
pneuma (spirit) in paul, and fire in stoic cosmology Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
pneuma (spirit) in paul, and world soul Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
pneuma (spirit) in paul, descended from above Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
progress, moral Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
providence Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208; Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
reason Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270, 372
renehan, r. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
sage, citizen of the world (kosmopolites) Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
sage, friendship with other sages Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
sage, friendship with the gods Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
sage, in sympathy Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
sage, participating in law' Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (2013) 90
salvation, stoic version of Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
sambursky, s. Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
self-concern Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
self-sufficency Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
seneca Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208; Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270, 372; Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
sier, k. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
sorabji, r., in stoicism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
soul Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
steinmetz, p. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
stobaeus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
stoicism, stoics Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
stoics Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131
taylor, c., tension (tonos), stoic Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 21
teleology Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
telos, temporality Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
theodicy Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208
transformation, as anastoicheiosis (resolution) Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
wisdom of solomon, and platonism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
wisdom of solomon, and stoicism Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
wisdom of solomon, date Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
wisdom of solomon Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit (2010) 215
wise man Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 372
world formation, world-soul Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270
zeus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 208; Long, From Epicurus to Epictetus Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006) 270; Seaford, Wilkins, Wright, Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill (2017) 131