Vegetarieni faimosi: Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE [?]65 CE), tutor and victim of the Emperor Nero, was the leading Roman Stoic of his time. Like so many other well-meaning officials caught up in the splendor of the Imperial court, Seneca appears to have at least partially succumbed to the allure of fortune and power his position made available. But he never completely foresook his philosophical calling, nor the Stoic ideal of the simple life that inspired him as a youth.

Seneca recounts his early experiments with diet. Influenced by the Pythagorean tradition as well as the belief that abstention from flesh purifies the spirit and hence prepares the individual for the philosophical life, the young Seneca swore off meat for a year. Even though he confesses to bowing to custom at the end of this period by returning to a carnivorous lifestyle, he concludes his recollection by regretfully suggesting that students of philosophyand would-be abstainers from fleshoften sacrifice deed for high-sounding rhetoric.

Walters, Kerry S., Ethical Vegetarianism: from Pythagoras to Peter Singer, State University of New York Press, NY, 1999, p.23


~ de Alexandra pe August 6, 2010.

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