De Brevitate Vitae


For the Latin song, see the article "De Brevitate Vitae".De Brevitate Vitae (English: On the Shortness of Life) is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, sometime around the year 49 AD, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that people waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives people enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. In general, time is best used by living in the present moment in pursuit of the intentional, purposeful life. Similar ideas can be found in Seneca's treatise De Otio (On Leisure) and discussion of these themes can often be found in his Letters to Lucilius (letter 49, 101, etc.).
Read more or edit on Wikipedia

original title: Ad Paulinum de brevitate vitae
genre: dialogue
main subject: ethics

nothing here


  • no edition found
add an edition without an ISBN

Welcome to Inventaire

the library of your friends and communities
learn more
you are offline