James S. Romm is the author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero and Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire (both Knopf). He has written essays and reviews for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Review of Books, and the New Yorker website, among other publications. He is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College and lives in Barrytown, New York.
Romm's collection does a service in contributing to bringing the philosopher back, not only to his fellow Classicists, but to every one of us who cares enough to think about how to live and how to die. . . . Not quite a book to die for, but one to enhance life. ---Marguerite Johnson, Australian Book Review [A] a potent compilation of passages. ---Tracy Lee Simmons, City Journal Seneca, the Roman emperor Nero's chief adviser, discussed death and how to prepare for it way back in the mid-1st century. . . . This new book, a synthesis of his writings on the subject . . . remains as timely today as ever. ---Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star A sharp introductory primer on Stoicism. . . . Very finely translated. ---Brendan Boyle, Wall Street Journal