In terms of influence, Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger (c. 1 BCE – 65 CE) had no equal among the writers of his times. His prose became the paragon of a new style in contrast to the classical Latin of Cicero or the even older archaic diction that began to be favoured by men of letters in the second century (Aulus Gellius 12.2; Fronto. “Letter to Marcus Aurelius about Speeches” 2, p. 153-4 van den Hout). Quintilian, a star advocate and rhetorician some forty years younger than Seneca, presents a reading list for the Roman orator – our earliest history of Greek and Latin literature – in which Seneca is reserved for an unusually long discussion and given a special place of pride, as well as blame, at the …

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Wildberger, Jula. "Seneca". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 February 2012
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Articles on Seneca's works

  1. Agamemnon
  2. Apocolocyntosis (divi) Claudii
  3. De beneficiis [On benefits]
  4. De Clementia [On Clemency]
  5. De Consolatione Ad Polybium [Consolation to Polybius]
  6. De Constantia Sapientis [On the Firmness of the Wise Man]
  7. De Ira [On Anger]
  8. De Otio
  9. De providentia [On providence]
  10. De tranquillitate animi [On peace of mind]
  11. De Vita Beata [On the Happy Life]
  12. Epistulae morales ad Lucilium [Letters to Lucilius]
  13. Hercules
  14. Hercules Oetaeus
  15. Medea
  16. Naturales Quaestiones [Natural Questions]
  17. Octavia
  18. Oedipus
  19. Phaedra
  20. Phoenissae
  21. Thyestes
  22. Troades

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