the lessons of my Seneca

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the lessons of my Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BCE — 65 CE). A leading philosopher and statesman of the mid-first century, Seneca was also a playwright, whose nine tragedies celebrate stoic resignation. As a statesman, his practice was anything but what such a philosophical stance might indicate, for he was an activist not a conservative. He was Nero's tutor and later acted behind the scenes to secure the emperor's power. He retired from the court in the year 62 to devote himself to philosophy, but three years later he was denounced as taking part in the conspiracy of Piso against the emperor. Ordered by Nero to commit suicide, Seneca took his own life with stoic resignation and fortitude. It is not, it would appear, in Seneca's writings but in his example that Walton looks for comfort in his peril.