Stoic School of Life

Monday, March 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
$5 Nonmembers

Please join us for a Socratic discussion on "How to deal with grief, and how to comfort others." 

From one the articles suggested for this discussion: "The consolation letter was a popular literary genre in antiquity, essentially being a vehicle for presenting crucial aspects of one’s philosophy while giving actual advice to friends or relatives on how to deal with loss and grief. Perhaps the most famous consolation letters were written by Seneca, to his friend Marcia, to his mother Helvia (while he was in exile), and to his friend Polybius. In this series of three essays I will highlight some of the most interesting passages from the letters, so that we may form a better idea of the genre itself, of Seneca’s approach to it, and of Stoicism more broadly." (more here). Two additional suggested readings, here and here.