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Seneca [electronic resource]: Moral Epistles

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
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If wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it. Thus wrote the 1st-century Roman philosopher Seneca in one of the many letters he wrote to his disciple, Lucilius. These letters were later collected together to form Moral Epistles, one of the central ethical works of the classical period. This program examines Seneca's particular brand of stoic philosophy and chronicles an extraordinary life that spanned the tumultuous reigns of Caligula, Claudius, and finally Nero-whom Seneca served as both tutor and counselor. Included are a number of excerpts from Seneca's Epistles, among them passages in which he deplores capital punishment and encourages unity, brotherhood, and equality among all people-including slaves.
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25 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Dec. 09, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Moral epistles
Words of Change
Wor(l)ds of change
  • Seneca: Roman Philosopher (0:59)
  • Seneca: All Roads Lead to Rome (1:47)
  • Seneca and Stoicism (1:46)
  • Seneca and Politics (2:12)
  • Seneca and Nero's Court (0:57)
  • Seneca's "Moral Epistles" (2:08)
  • Seneca's Ideas on Life, Death, and Wealth (3:00)
  • Seneca's Philosophy on Power (2:20)
  • Living Under an Oppressive Monarchy (2:51)
  • Seneca, Christianity, and Stoicism (2:16)
  • Seneca's Death and Legacy (2:30)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2004.
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  • 33440s Films Media Group
  • 33441 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (25 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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