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Essays Book 9: Of Tranquillity of Mind

By: Seneca
Narrated by: Robin Homer
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
Categories: Classics, Greek & Roman

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The ninth essay from Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

The work opens with Serenus asking Seneca for counsel, and this request for help takes the form of a medical consultation. Serenus explains that he feels agitated and in a state of unstable immobility, "As if I were on a boat that doesn't move forward and is tossed about." Seneca uses the dialogue to address an issue that cropped up many times in his life: the desire for a life of contemplation and the need for active political engagement. Seneca argues that the goal of a tranquil mind can be achieved by being flexible and seeking a middle way between the two extremes.  

Translation by Aubrey Stewart and produced by Vox Stoica 

Seneca's Essays Series:

1. Of providence - addressed to Lucilius 

2. On the Firmness of the Wise Man - addressed to Serenus 

3-5. Of Anger (Books 1-3) - addressed to his brother Novatus 

6. Of Consolation - addressed to Marcia 

7. Of a Happy Life - addressed to Gallio 

8. Of Leisure - addressed to Serenus 

9. Of Tranquillity of Mind - addressed to Serenus 

10. On the Shortness of Life - addressed to Paulinus 

11. Of Consolation - addressed to Polybius 

12. Of Consolation - addressed to Helvia

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