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Seneca  : 

"Deist" and "heathen" authors studied by the young Frances Power Cobbe: "Gibbon, Hume, Tindal, Collins, and Voltaire ... Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Plutarch's Moralia, Xenophon's Memorabilia, and a little Plato."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Seneca  : Tragedies

George Grote to George W. Norman (April 1817): 'I send you down the best "Lucretius" I have [...] Though the reasoning is generally indistinct, and in some places unintelligible, yet in those passages where he indulges his vein of poetry without reserve, the sublimity of his conceptions and the charm and elegance of his language are such as I have hardly ever seen equalled [...] I likewise send you the Tragedies attributed to Seneca, which I think I have heard you express an inclination to read. I have read one or two of them, and they appeared to me not above mediocrity. **** 'I am now studying Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics." His reasonings on the subject of morals are wonderfully just and penetrating, and I feel anxious, as I read on, for a more intimate acquaintance with him. Hume's Essays, some of which I have likewise read lately, do not improve, in my view, on further knowledge.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Grote      Print: Book


Seneca  : Morals ('twentieth chapter')

[Dorothy, Lady Bradshaigh to Samuel Richardson, 29 October 1749:] 'O Sir! how I regret your want of time! As I lately read the twentieth chapter of Seneca's Morals, I thought of and pitied you, and every one who is tied to business, and pitied the world for the loss it sustains by your being so constantly engaged.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Dorothy Lady Bradshaigh      Print: Book


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