Category Archives: Books

Seek the Truth (Seneca 8)

For the last few weeks we have been looking at De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD). In his eighth book he discusses the importance of strength of mind in the search … Continue reading

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Australian Etiquette, 1903

Snippets 169.  In 1903 a book of useful household advice was published in Australia, How to Make and Save Money.  There is a lot of interesting information in there (and a lot that is frankly alarming) and we have looked … Continue reading

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Pleasure or Virtue? (Seneca 7)

For the last few weeks we have been looking at De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD). In his seventh book he tries to get to grips with the link between pleasure … Continue reading

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Home Dentistry with Acid and String

Snippets 168.  In 1903 a book of useful household advice was published in Australia, How to Make and Save Money.  These kinds of books are always interesting to look at to see how things have changed, and often the advice … Continue reading

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Childhood Happiness Regained (Seneca 6)

Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD) had strong opinions about how to achieve happiness, and he wrote about them in De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”).  The sixth book (don’t worry, the “books” are just big paragraphs) is … Continue reading

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Gollup up, Gollumpus!

Snippets 167.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Scratches (Seneca 5)

Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD) had strong opinions about how to achieve happiness, and he wrote about them in De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”).  Being a stoic, a lot of his advice concerns stability in life … Continue reading

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