THE SAYINGS OF PUBLILIUS SYRUS

Publilius Syrus, often referred to as Publius Syrus, was a Latin writer between 85-43 BC. At the age of 12, he was a slave and sent to Rome where he began work for a new master. 

While with his new master, his wit and sensibility was exposed, bringing much joy and laughter to the master. Having never seen these gifts and talents in such a young man, Syrus’ master provided him a liberal education, something unheard of for a slave of the time. His master eventually freed him which supplied Syrus with great affection for his master and would never be forgotten. 

Syrus would go on to craft mimes, short improvisatory dramas satirizing the people and the world of the time.  

His works would be a key influence on Seneca who strove to develop a similar pious voice for his own work. He is quoted by Seneca in two works, On the Value of Advice and On the Philosopher’s Seclusion, both coming from his Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, known today as the Letters from a Stoic.  

This will be a multi-part series wherein we explore the aphorisms of Publilius Syrus. If you have read Seneca’s work before, carefully study how the Syrus aphorisms have influenced him. Regardless of whether they have a Stoic context or not, they are nonetheless enjoyable.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 1)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 2)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 3)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 4)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 5)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 6)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 7)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 8)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 9)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 10)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 11)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 12)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 13)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 14)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 15)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 16)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 17)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 18)
PUBLILIUS SYRUS SAYINGS (Part 19)

The art of living a virtuous life.

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