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De Brevitate Vitae (frequently referred to as On the Shortness of Life in English) is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that men waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. In general, time can be best used in the study of philosophy, according to Seneca.
This essay has been carefully adapted into a contemporary form.
©2016 James Harris (P)2016 James Harris
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By jose on 01-29-18

Greatness...This is a manual on being a Powerhouse

The narrator is very good and the update on language was a great idea. The words are updated to modern speech and modern usage.

The greatness of Seneca is timeless. It is an excellent buy for any reader of stoic work. I will buy a physical version for my young kids.

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By Robbie on 12-24-17

Important statement, with powerful insights.

This is an important statement with many powerful insights. Though much more can be said about this subject, even to dispute some of Seneca's thoughts on the matter, it is worth the listen, which is just one hour.

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By John Paul McGroarty on 09-08-17

Great translation. Very modern English.

Easy listening. Great translation. Very modern English. Highly recommended introduction to the works of one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Time is the theme. Life is short. This essay is worth ten modern time management books.

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By Amazon Customer on 07-25-17

timeless wisdom

I'd read the book and wanted an audio version. I like the way some parts were made contemporary.

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