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living are out- weighed by the corresponding disadvantages.40 Seneca presents himself as readily resorting to such a process of calculation, in considering whether life continues to be worth living in the face of the physical and mental afflictions of old age (epist. 58.34f.). The term ratio, in the

In: Brill's Companion to Seneca

’s advanced stage of life: he is at an age when poetry is no longer a suitable occupation. Poetry, as something entailing an element of play, ludus, is unsuited to the ‘seriousness’ of the station of life in which the poet finds himself. Poetry is no longer suited to the themes that are of concern to the

In: Brill's Companion to Horace

,” the poet looks down on worldly passions from his place close to the stars (l. 36), living the untroubled and detached life of the ‘easy-living’ gods. Under his eyes the real world blends with the ideal, the geography of ll. 3–28 ranges from Pindar’s Olympia to the Roman forum; from a big Italian

In: Brill's Companion to Horace
Author: R. Scott Smith

logic and physics; those problems, after all, simply obscure the truly important questions of moral improvement and the pursuit of the good life. So it is hardly a surprise that Seneca did not devote an entire treatise to the soul, as Aristotle and his Stoic predecessor Chrysippus had done, or

In: Brill's Companion to Seneca
Author: David Carter

statesman Pericles (Thuc. 2.60): My own opinion is that when the state is on the right course it is a better thing for each separate individual than when private interests are satisfied but the state as a whole is going downhill. However well off a man may be in his private life, he will still be involved

In: Brill's Companion to Sophocles
Author: Wilfried Stroh

Astyanax how to stretch out his arms and beg Ulixes to have pity (708 ff.); but at the same time she transforms him into a living picture of the child-Priam who long ago was supposed to have knelt before Hercules (718ff.). The effect of her performance is not lost on Ulixes, who almost apologizes for the

In: Brill's Companion to Seneca

pedagogical treatise writing. In a society, which was hardly flexible and highly hierarchic, the Humanists gradually obtained the monopoly of education. This incredible success later motivated them to extend the rhetorical principles of imitation and emulation to behavioral schemes of everyday life so that

In: Brill's Companion to Propertius

to vanish, whereby rhetoric and life were to form a unity.5 For good reason, the rhetorical in Seneca was linked with his intellectualism (Petrone 2001)—in the case of Cicero the interlinking of rhetoric and skeptical intellectualism has long been applied. Casamento (2002), and more importantly

In: Brill's Companion to Seneca
Author: Marco Fantuzzi

THEOCRITUS’ CONSTRUCTIVE INTERPRETERS, AND THE CREATION OF A BUCOLIC READER Marco Fantuzzi Every literary genre is in some way a selection and a stylization of a segment of life, and as a result every kind of classical poetry looks more like a synecdochical proposal of a world than an act of

In: Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Pastoral
Author: Edward Courtney

end is enlivened by a gibe at the expense of a living person.”77 All deal with problems that affect the daily life of individuals in society. Passing uncomplimentary references to named Stoics develop into outright hostility to Stoicism and acceptance of Epicurean doctrine at the end of 3. But Horace

In: Brill's Companion to Horace