An ancient guide to anger management


In his essay “On Anger” (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca argues that anger is the most destructive passion, and offers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing this dangerous emotion. In this podcast, Raj Persaud talks to the editor and translator of Seneca’s work, James Romm, about the relevance of this philosophy, which has arguably never been more relevant than it is today.


Date published: 2 April 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: James Romm

Audio running time: 30 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • who Seneca was and how his own life was affected by anger


  • the similarities between Seneca's philosophies and modern day psychotherapy


  • the relevance of Seneca's philosophies in today's society, and how these can be applied in our own lives.



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