Category Archives: People

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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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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Kissing the Blarney Stone

Snippets 166.  At the start of the 20th Century, American Thomas Rees went on a tour of Europe, concluding in Britain and Ireland.  His recollections were published in 1908 in the fascinating book Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw … Continue reading

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The Definition of Happiness (Seneca 4)

Recently we have been looking at one of the most fascinating books ever written in Latin: De Vita Beata, by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD): About a Happy Life.  In his fourth “book” (the “books” are just big … Continue reading

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A Sneaky Assistant

Snippets 165. One of the most brave and remarkable explorers in British history was the relatively little-known Lucy Atkinson (nee Finley).  During the late 1830s and early 1840s she worked as a governess in St Petersburg, where she met her … Continue reading

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