How to Have a Life, Seneca
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How to Have a Life
An Ancient Guide to Using Our Time Wisely

Narrator: Esther Wane

Unabridged: 1 hr 26 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Publisher: HighBridge

Published: 10/18/2022


A vibrant new translation of Seneca's 'On the Shortness of Life,' a pointed reminder to make the most of our time Who doesn't worry sometimes that smart phones, the Internet, and TV are robbing us of time and preventing us from having a life? How can we make the most of our time on earth? In the first century AD, the Stoic philosopher Seneca the Younger offered one of the most famous answers to that question in his essay 'On the Shortness of Life'-a work that has more to teach us today than ever before. In How to Have a Life, James Romm presents a vibrant new translation of Seneca's brilliant essay, plus two Senecan letters on the same theme, complete with an inviting introduction. With devastating satiric wit, skillfully captured in this translation, Seneca lampoons the ways we squander our time and fail to realize how precious it is. We don't allow people to steal our money, yet we allow them to plunder our time, or else we give it away ourselves in useless, idle pursuits. Seneca also describes how we can make better use of our brief days and years. In the process, he argues, we can make our lives longer, or even everlasting, because to live a real life is to attain a kind of immortality.