Letters from a Stoic Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium - Letters LXXXIII, LXXXVI, and LXXXVIII Summary & Analysis

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Letter LXXXIII: Seneca explains to Lucilius how he spends his days. Though most of his day is devoted to study, he spends a little time each day in exercise (though he finds in his old age that he is worn out very quickly) and then some time in his pool. He thinks it is a good exercise to share his actions with another because it makes him feel more accountable for how he spends his time.

He then turns to discussing a syllogism of Zeno's which is supposed to prove that a good man will not drink to excess. It says that one does not tell secrets to a drunk person, and since one does tell secrets to a good man, it follows that a good man does not drink. Though Seneca agrees with the conclusion, he...

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