Of Consolation: To Marcia.  Seneca

Of Consolation: To Marcia

By Seneca

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'Of Consolation: To Marcia' is written by Seneca, often referred to as part of Seneca's Consolations. Like Seneca's other Consolatory works, this Consolation is constructed in the Consolatio tradition, and takes the form of an essay versus a personal letter. Seneca was most likely motivated to write this letter of consolation to Marcia in order to gain her favor; Marcia was the daughter of a prominent historian, Aulus Cremutius Cordus, and her family's enormous wealth and influence most likely inspired Seneca to write this letter of consolation. Through the essay he sticks to philosophical abstractions concerning Stoic precepts of life and death. Marcia actively mourned the death of her son Metilius for over three years. In De Consolatione ad Marciam, Seneca attempts to convince her that the fate of her son, while tragic, should not have been a surprise. She knew many other mothers who had lost their sons; why should she expect her own son to survive her? The acknowledgement, even expectation, of the worst of all possible outcomes is a tenet of Seneca's Stoic philosophy.


  • Publisher:
  • DigiCat
  • ISBN:
  • 8596547161141
  • Language:
  • Inglés
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  • Published:
  • December 26, 2021
  • Filosofía / General