“Our span of life is divided into parts; it consists of large circles enclosing smaller. One circle embraces and bounds the rest; it reaches from birth to the last day of existence.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, also known as Seneca the Younger (4 BC-AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist who was also tutor and, later, advisor to emperor Nero. Born in Cordoba, Spain, but raised in Rome, he was forced to commit suicide for his alleged complicity in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero. Many scholars consider his “Letters to Lucilius,” of which “On Old Age” marks the twelfth in the collection, a formative work in the foundation of the essay.
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“The Common Reader,” Washington University in St. Louis’s Journal of the Essay, explores life and learning during the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.