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THE SECRET HISTORY

THE SECRET HISTORY

Procopius

Read by James Cameron Stewart
The Secret History, written by the 6th century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine period. Procopius, the leading official historian of his time, lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler.

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ON THE SOUL AND PARVA NATURALIA

ON THE SOUL AND PARVA NATURALIA
By Aristotle • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Two contrasting reflections by Aristotle which cover a very particular ground. In On the Soul, Aristotle presents his view of the ‘life essence’ which, he argues, is possessed by living things whether plants, animals or humans.

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POETICS • RHETORIC

POETICS • RHETORIC
By Aristotle • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Poetics and Rhetoric are the two major works by Aristotle which, after more than 2,000 years, remain key behavioural handbooks for anyone interested in story, performance, presentation and indeed psychology.

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METAPHYSICS

METAPHYSICS
By Aristotle • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Aristotle’s Metaphysics was the first major study of the subject of metaphysics - in other words, an inquiry into ‘first philosophy’, or ‘wisdom’. It differs from ‘Physics’ which is concerned with the natural world: things which are subject to the laws of nature, things that move and change, are measurable.

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ON THE SHORTNESS OF LIFE, ON HAPPINESS

on shortness

ON THE SHORTNESS OF LIFE, ON HAPPINESS

and Other Essays Volume 1

By Seneca the Younger • Read by James Cameron Stewart
As former tutor and adviser to Emperor Nero, the philosopher and statesman Seneca was acutely aware how short life can be – his own life was cut short when ordered by the Emperor to commit suicide (for alleged involvement in a conspiracy).

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ON ANGER, ON LEISURE, ON CLEMENCY

On anger

ON ANGER, ON LEISURE, ON CLEMENCY

Essays Volume 2

By Seneca the Younger • Read by James Cameron Stewart
On Anger is one of Seneca’s most important essays. At some length he investigates the nature of anger: how and why it emerges, the effect it has on the individual and those to whom it is directed; and how to manage it and prevent it even from arising. For, Seneca considers, anger simply serves no purpose – it does not bring courage in war, prevent others misbehaving, punish miscreants.

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MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS

MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS

MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS
By C. G. Jung • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Carl Gustav Jung, the Swiss-born psychologist, was one of the giants of the 20th century. His wide-ranging studies, his clinical practice, and his open, searching mind transformed the way human psychology is viewed.

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THE MORAL EPISTLES

THE MORAL EPISTLES

THE MORAL EPISTLES

124 Letters to Lucillius

By Seneca the Younger • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Towards the end of his life, Seneca the Younger (c4 BCE- 65 CE) began a correspondence with a friend in Sicily, later collected under the title The Moral Epistles. In these 124 letters, Seneca expresses, in a wise, steady and calm manner, the philosophy by which he lived – derived essentially from the Stoics.

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