Weekly Letters From Seneca
About This Package:
Explore stoic wisdom through beautiful weekly letters from Seneca, mailed to your door on parchment.
Why should you study stoicism in weekly doses? Well, to quote Seneca:
“You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind”
— Seneca the Younger
This one-month package includes:
- Four letters from Seneca's Moral Letters to Lucilius, printed on parchment in the style of a 15th century illuminated manuscript.
- USPS First Class (domestic) postage for each letter.
The Stoic Letters Experience
A Reason To Check Your Mail: Check your mailbox. Push aside the bills and coupons and find the heavy cream-colored envelope with your name on it.
Inside, you’ll find your latest missive from your pen pal, Seneca the Younger.
Beautiful & Immersive: Burrow into your favorite chair, brew some coffee or tea, and set your phone aside. Then tear into your envelope and enjoy your letter, beautifully typeset in the style of a 15th century illuminated manuscript on premium parchment or vellum paper.
You’ll feel like Renaissance royalty, (except you have air conditioning).
Explore Stoicism The Right Way: Great philosophy isn’t meant to be binged. It’s meant to be savored and studied. With Stoic Letters, you’ll be able to linger over one eloquent letter from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium every week, pondering it and applying it to life as you wait for your next letter to arrive.
Turn your study of stoicism from a one-time perusal into a weekly ritual.
Frequently Asked Questions
What letters will I receive? In what order?
You’ll receive translated letters from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium.
We mail one letter every week, so the letters you receive will depend on your start date, but we mail sequentially, so you’ll experience Seneca’s letters in order.
For more specific information about our upcoming calendar, please reach out to our support team.
Which translation are you using?
Our letters use a slightly modernized version of the 1916 translation by Dr. Richard Gummere of Haverford College, which we think does an excellent job of balancing old eloquence and precision-of-language with accessibility.
Why should I get stoic letters mailed to me?
New to stoicism? Our letters are the perfect way to gradually explore stoicism and the writings of Seneca.
Already a stoic master? Adding our weekly letters to your routine is a great way to supplement your study.
Philosophy is not meant to be binged. In fact, in letter 2 of the Moral Letters to Lucilius, Seneca advises “You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind” .
Our beautiful paper letters offer a decadent screen-free way to explore stoic philosophy gradually, in a fun and engaging format.
What if I've already read the Moral Letters to Lucilius?
Great philosophical works are not meant to be read just once. They’re meant to be read continually at different stages of life.
As Seneca said, “nothing hinders a cure so much as frequent change of medicine”. If you found meaning and guidance in your first reading of Seneca’s letters, you’ll find even more clarity in your second.
Our service is the most enjoyable way to re-read them.