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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

(ca. 4 BC–65 AD). Roman rhetorician, eclectic Stoic philos., statesman, poet; b. Córdoba, Sp.; studied at Rome; entered legal profession; exiled to Corsica 41–49; returned to tutor young Nero*; later councillor of Nero, who turned against him; suicide by Nero's order. Held ethical goal to be life in harmony with nature; life is preparation for death. Seneca's apocryphal correspondence with Paul was known to Jerome.* Works include De consolatione; De brevitate vitae; De constantia sapientis; De providentia; dramatic writings. See also Apocrypha, C 4.

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