Advice from the Ancients: What we can learn from Seneca about life and death

by | Jun 14, 2021

What we can learn from Seneca about life and death

Back in April, as part of my ‘mini series’ of video blogs called ‘Advice from the Ancients’, 

I introduced you to one of my favourite authors, Seneca, and his work ’On the shortness of Life’ (De Brevitate Vitae).

To recap, this series is a chance to tell you about some of my favourite authors from the distant past who have influenced my work. Seneca, a stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist, was born in 4BC and died in 65AD. 

He, not unlike us today, lived in turbulent times, serving under troubled emperors and not knowing if he would be in favour (or on the execution list) from one day to the next.

I’m such a fan of his that in this, my latest post in my mini series, I wanted to bring you another of his books, which is called ‘Meditations on Death’ (Meditare Mortem). 

What I find so interesting about this is how ahead of his time Seneca was: he believed that life and death are so interconnected that if we don’t contemplate death, we can’t contemplate life. I think we can all learn a lot from that. 

Please do watch my video below that I have recorded for you about ‘Meditations on Death’. I think you will find it a real eye-opener, and an important part of your Retirement Rebel journey!



George Jerjian
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