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The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca's Natural Questions

Gareth D. Williams


Seneca’s Natural Questions is an eight‐book disquisition on the nature of meteorological phenomena, many of which had been treated in the earlier Greco‐Roman meteorological tradition; but what notoriously sets Seneca’s writing apart is his insertion of extended moralizing sections within his technical discourse. How, if at all, are these outbursts against the luxury and vice that are apparently rampant in Seneca’s first century CE Rome to be reconciled with his main meteorological agenda? In grappling with this familiar question, The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca’s Natural Questions argu ... More

Keywords: Stoicism, Seneca, nature, sublime, meteorology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth D. Williams, author
Columbia University