Lucius Annaeus Seneca on the shortness of life (de brevitate vitae)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Here's a link I've been meaning to share for a while, one a bit reminiscent of Ecclesiastes (IMO the best book in the Bible). It's an excerpt from De Brevitate Vitae (On the Shortness of Life) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, and except for a few cultural discrepancies (having slaves for example) it could just as easily have been written today. This part (Chapter III) for example is no less poignant today than the day it was written:

You can see it in full at this link, and if you want to read it in Latin you're in luck: it can be seen here at Wikisource, with a corresponding version in English here to help you along if there are parts in Latin you don't understand.


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