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Seneca The Younger, Letters, 99.17-99.18


nanIn this matter, as in others also, we are obsessed by this fault – conforming to the pattern of the many, and regarding convention rather than duty. We abandon nature and surrender to the mob – who are never good advisers in anything, and in this respect as in all others are most inconsistent. People see a man who bears his grief bravely: they call him undutiful and savage-hearted; they see a man who collapses and clings to his dead: they call him womanish and weak.


nanEverything, therefore, should be referred to reason. But nothing is more foolish than to court a reputation for sadness and to sanction tears; for I hold that with a wise man some tears fall by consent, others by their own force. "I shall explain the difference as follows: When the first news of some bitter loss has shocked us, when we embrace the form that will soon pass from our arms to the funeral flames – then tears are wrung from us by the necessity of Nature, and the life-force, smitten by the stroke of grief, shakes both the whole body, and the eyes also, from which it presses out and causes to flow the moisture that lies within.


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1. New Testament, Romans, 1.1-1.17, 9.1-9.5, 9.19, 11.1, 11.11 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

1.1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God 1.2. which he promised before through his prophets in the holy Scriptures 1.3. concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh 1.4. who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord 1.5. through whom we received grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake; 1.6. among whom you are also called to belong to Jesus Christ; 1.7. to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1.8. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world. 1.9. For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers 1.10. requesting, if by any means now at last I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you. 1.11. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end that you may be established; 1.12. that is, that I with you may be encouraged in you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine. 1.13. Now I don't desire to have you unaware, brothers, that I often planned to come to you, and was hindered so far, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 1.14. I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish. 1.15. So, as much as is in me, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 1.16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. 1.17. For in it is revealed God's righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, "But the righteous shall live by faith. 9.1. I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit 9.2. that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. 9.3. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers' sake, my relatives according to the flesh 9.4. who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, the glory, the covets, the giving of the law, the service, and the promises; 9.5. of whom are the fathers, and from whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God, blessed forever. Amen. 9.19. You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will? 11.1. I ask then, Did God reject his people? May it never be! For I also am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 11.11. I ask then, did they stumble that they might fall? May it never be! But by their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
2. Seneca The Younger, On Anger, 1.1.2, 1.12, 2.1.3-2.1.4, 2.2.2, 2.3.5 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

3. Seneca The Younger, Letters, 83.26, 88.7, 99.16, 121.4 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

4. Seneca The Younger, Medea, 395, 45, 385 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

5. Seneca The Younger, Oedipus, 626 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)



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boasting Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
body, bodies Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
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emotions, as contumacious Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
emotions, examples of Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
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emotions, modern theories Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
epistolography Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
eupatheiai, classified by species Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
faith, faithfulness (pistis) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
flattery Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
friendship (philia) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
gentiles (ethnē) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
goodness Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
grief (lupē) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
honor Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
indefectibility Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
inwood, brad Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
israel Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
joy Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
love Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
metriopatheia (moderation in emotion) Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
movements, three movements in seneca Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
passions (pathē) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
paul, and eschatology Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
paul, and faithfulness (pistis) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
paul, and passions (pathē) Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
paul, rhetoric of Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
paul Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
perfection Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
peripatetics Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
plato, on brutishness Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
power Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
praise Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
prayer Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
reaching (orexis) Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
roman assembly, correspondence Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
salvation Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
selection Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
seneca, and aristotle Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
seneca, three movements, Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
seneca Gunderson, The Social Worlds of Ancient Jews and Christians: Essays in Honor of L. Michael White (2022) 91
shame Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
socrates Konstan and Garani, The Philosophizing Muse: The Influence of Greek Philosophy on Roman Poetry (2014) 263
speech Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
stoicism Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
the body Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
the multitudes Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
the soul Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
the tongue Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
theophrastus Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
tyrants Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (2007) 243
unbelievers Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
virtue Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292
wealth' Wilson, The Sentences of Sextus (2012) 292