(Image: Reception of Le Grand Condé at Versailles, 1878, by Jean-Léon Gérôme )

Letter XLIII. On the Relativity of Fame — The Stoic Letters

In letter 43 Seneca talks about the relativity of fame. He affirms that virtue is the right objective and that we must practice it without expecting anything in return. Virtuous behavior is the reward in itself and brings the advantage of a clear conscience: