Lucius Annaeus Seneca: De Vita Beata [On the Happy Life]

(1949 words)
  • Matheus Clemente De Pietro (J W Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

De vita beata is one of the ten extant so-called Dialogi written by Seneca. It discusses the theme of happiness from a Stoic point of view.

The addressee is Seneca’s older brother Iunius Annaeus Gallio (consul suffectus 56 CE). While governor of Greece (at that time the province of Achaea) in 51-52 CE (SIG 2 801 D), he is said to have dismissed charges that a group of Jews had put against the Christian apostle Paul of Tarsus (Acta apostolorum 18.12-17). Like Seneca himself, Gallio was extremely wealthy and counted among the “friends” of the current emperor Claudius (SIG 2 801 D; Mratschek-Halfmann 1993: 308).

The date of De vita beata is unknown. Seneca calls his …

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Clemente De Pietro, Matheus. "De Vita Beata". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 August 2011
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]