His aunt brought him to Rome and Seneca was trained in rhetoric, literature, and philosophy at a very young age. This is as part of the standard education of ‘high-born’ Romans.
He ultimately became Rome’s leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century and was Nero’s first tutor – later Nero’s adviser when Nero became emperor.
However, at the later stage of Nero’s reign, Seneca was forced to take his own life due to complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero that was organized by Gaius Calpurnius Piso in AD 65 (although it was unlikely that Seneca took part in the conspiracy).
Seneca’s stoic and calm suicide has become the subject of numerous paintings. His philosophical work had a tremendous influence on later generations.
- The Man to Know in Ancient Rome – The New Yorker
- Who Is Seneca? Timeless Wisdom from the World’s Most Controversial Stoic – fs blog
- The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long – Brain Picking
- 9 Life Lessons from Seneca on How to Manage Your Time Effectively – Business 2 Community
Below are the best Seneca quotes so you can cherish time and realize that busyness is the ultimate form of distraction.
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Top 15 Most Famous Seneca Quotes About Life
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing.”Seneca
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As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man’s life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.”Seneca
31 Motivational Seneca Quotes on Life
In the meantime, cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases.”Seneca
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