Seneca - On the Shortness of Life: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader

  • by Lucius Seneca, James Harris
  • Narrated by Scott R. Smith
  • 0 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

De Brevitate Vitae (frequently referred to as On the Shortness of Life in English) is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that men waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. In general, time can be best used in the study of philosophy, according to Seneca.
This essay has been carefully adapted into a contemporary form.


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Great translation. Very modern English.

Easy listening. Great translation. Very modern English. Highly recommended introduction to the works of one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Time is the theme. Life is short. This essay is worth ten modern time management books.
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- John Paul McGroarty

timeless wisdom

I'd read the book and wanted an audio version. I like the way some parts were made contemporary.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2016
  • Publisher: James Harris