Seneca

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger, l. 4 BCE - 65 CE) was a Roman author, playwright, orator, and most importantly a tutor and advisor to the Roman emperor Nero (r. 54-68 CE). Influenced by Stoic philosophy, he wrote several philosophical treatises and 124 letters on moral issues, the Epistulae Morales (Moral Epistles). As Nero's tutor, he tried to pass on his philosophy of a virtuous life, and with the help of the prefect of the Pretorian Guard, Burrus, he tried to keep Nero's indulgences under control. Despite his best efforts and falsely accused of being part of a plot to assassinate the emperor, he was ordered to commit suicide by the increasingly paranoid Nero.

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  • 4 BCE - 65 CE
    Life of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Emperor Nero's tutor and advisor.
  • 41 CE
    Seneca is exiled to Corsica.
  • 49 CE
    Seneca is recalled from exile and becomes the tutor of future Roman emperor Nero.
  • 13 Oct 54 CE - 11 Jun 68 CE
    Reign of Roman emperor Nero.
  • 65 CE
    Nero orders Seneca to commit suicide.
  • 65 CE
    Piso Conspiracy against Nero.
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