Seneca the Elder (Lucius Annaeus Seneca maior), Controversiae et Suasoriae
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A. Life

Lucius Annaeus S. (the Elder, maior) was born into an equestrian family of Cordoba in the mid-50s BC (Mart. 1,61,7). He lived in Spain and twice at Rome for extended periods. There he was involved in literary life and (the schools of) oratory as an observer, while not being active as a rhetor himself. In old age (during the reign of Caligula), he assembled the impressions he received at that time into a work intended for his sons, Oratorum et rhetorum sententiae divisiones colores (‘Sentence…

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Leidl, Christoph G., “Seneca the Elder (Lucius Annaeus Seneca maior), Controversiae et Suasoriae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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