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Seneca on Society: A Guide to De Beneficiis

Miriam T. Griffin


Seneca's De Beneficiis (On Benefits) is the only work surviving from antiquity that discusses the exchange of gifts and services. Though the topic is of great importance, in practical moral philosophy, sociology, and in the historical study of how Roman society worked, the treatise has received comparatively little scholarly notice in modern times. This is partly attributable to its length, Seneca's fullest treatment of a single subject, and its puzzling structure. This book aims to explain the philosophical, sociological, and historical significance of De Beneficiis, and make it more accessib ... More

Keywords: seneca, de beneficiis, on benefits, roman society, code of conduct, princeps, stoics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam T. Griffin, author
Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford