I have been going through Seneca’s famous Moral Epistles, written to his friend Lucius, so it’s time to begin covering them on this blog. This is the first of a good number of occasional entries which will cover the full range of topics in the Letters, though not every single entry. Most of these posts will be short commentaries with excerpts, since many of the letters are brief. The translation I am using is the classic 1916 one by Richard Gummere. A very recent, excellent, new translation has just been published, by Margaret Graver and Anthony Long. The reason I’m using Gummere’s is because of my purely aesthetic preference for a slightly more old fashioned language.