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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca; ca. 4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may have been innocent.

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Seneca, the fat-cat philosopher

'Why do you talk so much better than you live?' … a statue of Seneca the Younger.

"quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit: occidentis telum est." - Seneca the Younger. Quoted by Lynch

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There is no great genius without some touch of madness. I might like this more if it said that there is no great madness with some touch of genius.

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