De Ira

De Ira☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ De Ira By Seneca ✩ – Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman SenecaIn his essay On Anger De Ira the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca c 4 BC 65 AD argues Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman SenecaIn his essay On Anger De Ira the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca c BC AD argues that anger is the most destructive passion No plague has cost the human race dear This was proved by his own life which he barely preserved under one wrathful emperor Caligula and lost under a second Nero This splendid new translation of essential selections from On Anger presented with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages offers readers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and societyDrawing on his great arsenal of rhetoric including historical examples especially from Caligula's horrific reign anecdotes uips and soaring flights of elouence Seneca builds his case against anger with mounting intensity Like a fire and brimstone preacher he paints a grim picture of the moral perils to which anger exposes us tracing nearly all the world's evils to this one toxic source But he then uplifts us with a beatific vision of the alternate path a path of forgiveness and compassion that resonates with Christian and Buddhist ethicsSeneca's thoughts on anger have never been relevant than today when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal readers will find in Seneca's wisdom a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age Paradigm Explorer.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca often known simply as Seneca ca BC – AD was a Roman Stoic philosopher statesman dramatist and in one work humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero the last of the Julio Claudian emperors he may.

De Ira Epub Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • De Ira
  • Seneca
  • 11 April 2016
  • 9780691181950

10 thoughts on “De Ira

  1. Greg says:

    Maybe it was because I listened to this rather than reading it but this came across like something written for someone who would like to read a book but just wants the 'talking points' It felt really disjointed to listen to a highlight reel of Seneca's essay On Anger with the checklist of things you should do to 'get' how to avoid anger along with some flashy parts of torture and bad behavior to maybe titillate and not make you feel like you are just reading a grocery list on how not let anger control your life The short passages illustrating various tyrants anger cruelty was probably my 'take away' and reminded me how seriously fucked up the ruling class was in ancient Rome where even fairly good or not down right evil emperors did things that would be deemed horrific by today's standards Suetonis'

  2. Shane Parrish says:

    I picked this up a few days ago after losing my cool The book is a short selection of essays by Seneca for anyone trying to keep themselves in check Seneca wrote them for Nero who he was trying to influence

  3. Peter Bradley says:

    How to Keep Your Cool by Seneca James RommI came to this book after reading St Thomas Auinas's articles on anger in the Summa Theologica I was surprised at how much the Christian saint relied on the Roman Stoic philosopher for his Christian analysis of anger as both a virtue and a viceThis book is part of Princeton's Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series In this series the texts of classical Roman philosophers are selected and arranged to address a single issue in this case anger The text in uestion is Seneca's De Ira On Anger The format involves an introduction and fairly extensive extracts from the relevant text I haven't read De Ira but I found this format to be very accessibleIt is fair to say that Seneca's view of anger was extremely negative Anger overrode reason by inflaming the passions In an angry state people ere prone to act inordinately and imprudently The ugliness of anger can be seen in the distortion of face and demeanor which were external signs of the ugliness that anger imposed on the spirtThere were those who argued that anger was a virtue in that it impelled action against injustice Seneca disagreed since duty impelled action and anger tended to make appropriate action excessive or misguided The good man will carry out his duties without fear or tumoil; he'll act in a manner worthy of a good man such that he'll do nothing unworthy of a man My father is being killed; I'll defend him He has been killed; I'll avenge but beause it's right not because I'm grievedIn addition a person should seek tranuility and peace not anger which enmeshed the individual in a cycle of mindless revenge and counter revenge Life is short enough as it is for it to be spent in this way In one passage Seneca used the image of a bull and bear tied together and baited to fight all the while there waited a man with a sword at the ready to end the life of the winner of this contestSeneca offers a variety of solutions for the problem of anger Delay is the greatest remedy for anger Waiting a bit to let the emotions cool off a bit will permit a calmer assessment of the facts So will humility since it is often the case that pride causes anger over perceived or real slights In any event slights are often in retrospect hardly sufficient to get angry about Don't take on too much since people who are stressed easily succumb to anger Let the reading of poetry calm them and the reading of history amuse them with its stories Practice a studied ignorance; It is not to your benefit to see and hear everythingA final suggestion was to practice a pact of mutual leniency Who is there who is perfect and has never done anything wrong or given offense? Certainly not one of us can say this about ourselves so when someone does something to slight us remind oneself that just as we need leniency we should give leniency My personal favorite aphorism that I often have resort to is from St Ephraim the Syrian Be merciful for everyone is fighting a great battleThis is a uick read I think it is better than most self help books you can find

  4. Babe of Darkness says:

    Words that meant nothing to me

  5. Lauren says:

    A solid entry to Princeton's Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series The volume is exactly what the title says Some of the examples don’t work for modern audiences but the underlying advice shows how the things change the they stay the same Similar to How to Die – also written by Seneca – there's a level of hypocrisy to his advice that's almost endearing in that it reminds me of how none of us ever uite manage to live up to our ideals Recommended

  6. Heather-Lin says:

    Your anger is a kind of madness for you set a high price on worthless things Spectacular I urge everyone who has access to Hoopla to look for the audio versions of these essays on stoicism Most are between one and two hours long and far from being stuffy droning lectures the ideas are fascinating accessible and surprisingly relevant How to Keep Your Cool by SenecaThis essay concerns the Stoics' view on self control as it relates to offense injustice and anger I personally found it challenging as well as inspiringThis one in particular stands out to me because I was vehemently in disagreement with the exhortation to cage and control our anger at all cost My thinking was that this was an unhealthy suppression and rejection of an authentic and useful emotional signal that things are not okay Then halfway through I suddenly and completely changed my mind I realized that the central message wasn't to ignore or pretend that anger didn't exist but to be in mastery of how a person conducts themselves when we feel the emotion Ya know classic stoicism in action I could finally see the distinction being madeThis revelation was helped along by remembering something similar I'd come across while studying psychological welfare It's very clear that whatever emotions we demonstrate or express is a form of reinforcement Ie people who express their anger may experience temporary catharsis but are far likely to feel anger and to express anger again in the future Angry people inevitably become angrier The old advice to scream and punch a pillow when you're angry is actually very very bad adviceIn other words what we practice becomes permanence This essay exhorts us to practice peace patience and tolerance With very practical suggestions for self careI want to listen to this at least a couple times before I give it back YAY for Hoopla πŸ–€If anyone reading this finds this ridiculous or intriguing I highly recommend watching this lecture by Guy Winch on YouTube It was pretty mind blowing to me and will hopefully help others tooPeace βœŒοΈπŸ–– ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Big Gleaming StarsGR Personal Rating System5 LOVED 4 ENJOYED3 LIKED 2 MEH1 NOPEMore uotes and TakeawaysYour anger is a kind of madness for you set a high price on worthless thingsWhat if anything is worth our anger? Pride dignity self importance? The many sources of our outrage seem hollow especially when we zoom out to a global perspective And this is written from the perspective of living within the nightmare of Caligula's ruleThe onset of anger threatens our moral condition than any other emotion for it is the most intense irresistible and destructive of the passions Our spiritual well being demands that we let go of anger for it will never let go of usLet us be kinder to one another We are just wicked people living among wicked people Only one thing can give us peace and that's a pact of mutual leniencyAnger the ugliest and most savage of all emotions The others have some have some measure of peace and uiet in them but this one rages in turmoil and furious movement with an eagerness hardly human until it harms others while discarding its own good It resembles nothing so much as a collapsing building that breaks apart upon that which it crushes

  7. Alli says:

    A tiny book with big philosophy the English translation laid simultaneously on opposite page of the original Latin which I wish I had studied deeply in college These prescriptions for calm civility should be self administered immediately in these riotous times both just and unjust to transport us back to a time where cooler heads prevailed

  8. Lsharathkumar says:

    Handy little book on anger management Commentary on a letter written by Seneca to his brother Personal experience in dealing with Tyrants of low intellect and base natures like Caligula have strengthened Seneca's resolve on the futility of anger

  9. Rodrigo Paredes says:

    The essay De Ira is an interesting one I was interested in the beginning of the book and towards the end I found some points Seneca made were too repetitive and I wish he was profound It is always interesting to read a text as old as this and realize how its still very much applicable today Do read this book it is a very short read with great points

  10. Alp says:

    Seneca did his work perfectly He would be sad though if he had seen how mankind will become over sensitive and keep sexist paragraphs out or change the language tone of a two millenia old scriptShame on you editor Seneca deserves 5 stars

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