Gert’s a great fan of the Stoic philosophers. Even more so when she read this about Seneca:
True, Seneca eloquently defended the official Stoic view that riches could not strictly speaking be regarded as a good thing because only virtue itself was truly valuable. But he was most eager to point out that, once one had got this philosophical point straight, there was no reason to feel bad about being as rich as Croesus. ‘Place me in the midst of sumptuous furnishing and the trappings of luxury; I shall not think myself one whit happier,’ he proudly announced. Still, he continued, do not jump to any hasty conclusions about this; it by no means follows that one ought to give up such things.
Oh, quite coincidentally, Seneca amassed enormous wealth under the patronage of Nero.
Anthony Gottlieb, The Dream Of Reason, p.335
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