The Greatest Empire
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'The greatest kind of power is self-control,' wrote Seneca (c.4-65 CE), the enigmatic philosopher who was Nero's tutor and advisor. But, as this biography compellingly shows, his struggles for compromise at the heart of an absolutist tyranny placed him under enormous pressure. He found himself trapped between the Stoic ideal of tranquillity that he advocated and the unsettling realities of political, military and economic power, until he was accused of conspiring against his emperor and took his own life.