The Consolation to Polybius was written by Lucius Annaeus Seneca in winter 43-44 A.D (Grimal 1978, 277-279. Abel 1967, 163, argued for a redaction in the first half of 43, but most critics were not convinced by his argument.). At that time, Seneca was living in Corsica, where he was relegated in fall (?) 41, on a charge of adultery with Julia Livilla. Polybius was a powerful freedman at Claudius’ court: Seneca wrote a consolation to him after his brother died, in order to diminish his sadness. Seneca had already composed two consolationes: one for Marcia, when her son died (39-40 A.D.), and another one for his mother Helvia, who was very sad because of his exile (42? or later). In fact, as it …

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Flamerie de Lachapelle, Guillaume . "De Consolatione Ad Polybium". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2013
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