A-Z: General definitions: Seneca


Roman statesman,moralist, poet and philosopher, c. 4 B.C. – A.D. 65. His writings commanded great respect in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Because of his writings on ethics, Seneca is one of the ancient writers whose words commanded something like the same respect as was given to scripture. Such writings might be cited as ‘authorities' to support opinions and teaching (as was the Bible). 

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Impact of classical literature: Stoicism 

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