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Chicago University Press
15 September 2014
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this engaging collection restores Seneca - whose works have been highly praised by modern authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson - to his rightful place among the classical writers most widely studied in the humanities. Written near the end of Seneca's life, Natural Questions is a work in which Seneca expounds and comments on the natural sciences of his day - rivers and earthquakes, wind and snow, meteors and comets - offering us a valuable look at the ancient scientific mind at work. The modern reader will find fascinating insights into ancient philosophical and scientific approaches to the physical world and also vivid evocations of the grandeur, beauty, and terror of nature.
By:   Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Translated by:   Harry M. Hine
Imprint:   Chicago University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   304g
ISBN:   9780226748399
ISBN 10:   0226748391
Series:   The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   15 September 2014
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Harry M. Hine is professor emeritus in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Reviews for Natural Questions

From the rainbow in the heavens to the iridescent scales of a mullet dying at the gourmet's table, Seneca examines the face of God and its distorted human images to find, at the last, himself. One of the many virtues of Harry Hine's lively new translation of the <i>Natural Questions</i> is the variation in its registers, encompassing satire, scientific argument, moral dialogue, and epic grandeur. Backed up by an extensive critical introduction, this volume makes an auspicious beginning to the series. --C. A. J. Littlewood, University of Victoria, Canada

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