Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm

By James Romm

From acclaimed classical historian, writer of Ghost at the Throne (“Gripping . . . the narrative verve of a born author and the erudition of a student” —Daniel  Mendelsohn) and editor of The Landmark Arrian:The crusade of Alexander (“Thrilling” —The manhattan occasions publication Review), a  high-stakes drama packed with homicide, insanity, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of background at the grand scale.

on the middle, the tumultuous lifetime of Seneca, historical Rome’s preeminent author and thinker, starting with banishment in his fifties and next appointment as show to twelve-year-old Nero, destiny emperor of Rome. Controlling them either, Nero’s mom, Julia Agrippina the more youthful, Roman empress, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth spouse of Emperor Claudius.

           
James Romm seamlessly weaves jointly the lifestyles and written phrases, the ethical struggles, political intrigue, and bloody vengeance that enmeshed Seneca the more youthful within the twisted imperial family members and the perverse, paranoid regime of Emperor Nero, despot and madman.

Romm writes that Seneca watched over Nero as instructor, ethical consultant, and surrogate father, and, at seventeen, whilst Nero all of sudden ascended to turn into emperor of Rome, Seneca, a guy by no means avid for political strength grew to become, with Nero, the ruler of the Roman Empire. We see how Seneca was once in a position to keep an eye on his younger pupil, how, less than Seneca’s impact, Nero governed with intelligence and moderation, banned capital punishment, decreased taxes, gave slaves the fitting to dossier court cases opposed to their vendors, pardoned prisoners arrested for sedition. yet with time, as Nero grew useless and disappointed, Seneca was once not able to carry sway over the emperor, and among Nero’s mom, Agrippina—thought to have poisoned her moment husband, and her 3rd, who was once her uncle (Claudius), and rumored to have entered into an incestuous courting together with her son—and Nero’s father, defined via Suetonius as a assassin and cheat charged with treason, adultery, and incest, how lengthy may well the younger Nero were contained?
           
Dying each Day is a portrait of Seneca’s ethical fight in the middle of insanity and extra. In his treatises, Seneca preached a rigorous moral creed, exalting heroes who defied threat to do what was once correct or embody a noble loss of life. As Nero’s adviser, Seneca was once awarded with a extra complicated set of selections, because the basically guy in a position to summoning the higher point of Nero’s nature, but, last at Nero’s part and colluding within the evil regime he created.

Dying each Day is the 1st booklet to inform the compelling and nightmarish tale of the philosopher-poet who was once nearly a king, tied to a tyrant—as Seneca, the paragon of cause, watched his pupil spiral into insanity and whose descent observed 5 family members murders, the hearth of Rome, and a savage purge that destroyed the very best minds of the Senate’s golden age.

Show description

Read or Download Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero PDF

Similar biographies & memoirs of philosophers books

Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World

For over 8 hundred years, philosophers—men and women—who referred to as themselves Cynics, actually "dogs" of their language, roamed the streets and byways of the Hellenistic international, instructing unusual rules and training a extraordinary lifestyle. between them, an important and unique used to be Diogenes of Sinope, who turned the archetype of Classical Cynicism.

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

“Absorbing, meticulously researched. . . . [Sperber] succeeds within the fundamental activity of all biography, re-creating a guy who leaps off the web page. ” —Jonathan Freedland, manhattan instances booklet ReviewIn this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for a few years to return” (John grey, manhattan evaluate of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched and multilayered portrait of either the fellow and the progressive instances within which he lived.

Schopenhauer: A Biography

In his quest to resolve 'the ever-disquieting riddle of existence', Schopenhauer explored nearly each size of human lifestyles, constructing a darkly compelling worldview that stumbled on deep resonance in modern literature, tune, philosophy, and psychology. this can be the 1st entire biography of Schopenhauer written in English.

Hobbes: Morals and Politics: Volume 3 (Political Thinkers)

First released in 1977 this publication is either expository and significant and concentres on Hobbes' moral and political idea, but in addition contemplating the impression on those of his metaphysics. up-to-date, with a brand new preface in particular for this re-issue, which brings jointly fresh scholarship on Hobbes, a selected necessary characteristic of the e-book is the recent, severe bibliography.

Extra info for Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.79 of 5 – based on 13 votes