Lucius Annaeus Seneca: De Clementia [On Clemency] (2398 words)

Carl Joachim Classen (1928-2013) in memoriam


De clementia is the only Latin text with Plinius’ Panegyric reserved to the imperial ideology and, more generally, one of the very rare systematic discussions of Roman political thought, with Cicero’s De re publica, De legibus, and De officiis. Yet, this work was unfairly underestimated in the 20th century, in spite of its fascinating historical, philosophical and linguistic implications, in addition to the political-ideological ones.

The two books comprising the treatise, which was dedicated to the emperor Nero,…

Malaspina, Ermanno. "De Clementia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 October 2014
[, accessed 21 August 2019.]

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