The story of Pseudo-Seneca

Figs in Winter
5 min readApr 13, 2024

The fascinating account of how we have seen a controversial philosopher through the centuries

Pseudo-Seneca at the National Roman Museum in Rome, photo by the Author.

If you are interested in Stoicism you have likely heard of the story of the so-called “Pseudo-Seneca,” but just in case, here it is. Stoicism had ceased to be an independent school of philosophy in the ancient world well before the end of the Western Roman Empire…