Seneca’s On Providence

A series of short audio meditations on Seneca’s On Providence, written as a short dialogue in six sections. It is addressed to Lucilius, the same friend to whom Seneca wrote over a hundred letters, and usually dated from about 64 CE, the year before Seneca died.

I: Seneca presents an argument from design to conclude that the universe is rationally and providentially arranged, just like Cleanthes, Chrysippus, and Cicero had done before him, and like Epictetus will do afterwards. Of course, from a modern scientific perspective, such argument does not hold water.

II: The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of a brave person; for the mind of someone brave maintains its balance and throws its own complexion over all that takes place, because it is more powerful than any external circumstances.

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