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How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management

How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management (Hardback)

By Seneca
Introduction by Romm, James S.

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Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca In his essay On Anger (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: No plague has cost the human ... read full description below.

ISBN 9780691181950
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Published 15 February 2019
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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ISBN-13 9780691181950
ISBN-10 0691181950
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Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 15 February 2019
International Publication Date 19 February 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Seneca
Introduction by Romm, James S.
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Category Ancient Western Philosophy To C 500
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Social & Political Philosophy
Self-Help & Practical Interests
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 114mm
Height: 171mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Anger
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 152.47
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Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca In his essay On Anger (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: No plague has cost the human race more dear. This was proved by his own life, a life he barely preserved under one wrathful emperor, Caligula, and lost under a second, Nero. This splendid new translation of essential selections from On Anger, presented with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, offers readers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and society. Drawing on his great arsenal of rhetoric, including historical examples (especially from Caligula's horrific reign), anecdotes, quips, and soaring flights of eloquence, Seneca builds his case against anger with mounting intensity. Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, he paints a grim picture of the moral perils to which anger exposes us, tracing nearly all the world's evils to this one toxic source. But he then uplifts us with a beatific vision of the alternate path, a path of forgiveness and compassion that resonates with Christian and Buddhist ethics. Seneca's thoughts on anger have never been more relevant than today, when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate. Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal, readers will find, in Seneca's wisdom, a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review How to Keep Your Cool presents one of Seneca's most timely essays in an attractive format that is sure to appeal to readers. James Romm's excellent translation is more readable that any other. -A. A. Long, editor of How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

James Romm is the editor and translator of Seneca's How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life (Princeton) and the author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero (Knopf). He has written for the New York Review of Books and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College and lives in Barrytown, New York.

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