(image: Antoine-François Callet, baroque interpretation of Saturnalia)

Letter XXIII. On the True Joy which Comes from Philosophy

Letter 23 discusses the distinction between false and true joy. Seneca begins by telling Lucilius that he wants to write to him about the things that matter, without wasting time talking about the weather or other trivialities that people talk about when they have nothing to say. He then goes straight to the point: