Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman Stoic philosopher,statesman and dramatist.
He was a tutor and advisor to emperor Nero, until he ran out of the tyrant's favour
and was eventually ordered to take his own life.
His death, which is notably famous for its dramatic quality along with that of Socrates',
is recorded in detail by Tacitus;
‘Seneca, as his aged frame, attenuated by frugal diet, allowed the blood to escape but slowly,
severed also the veins of his legs and knees.
'Seneca meantime, as the tedious process of death still lingered on, begged Statius Annaeus,
whom he had long esteemed for his faithful friendship and medical skill, to produce a poison
with same drug which extinguished the life of those who were condemned by a public sentence
of the people of Athens. It was brought to him and he drank it in vain, chilled as he was
throughout his limbs, and his frame closed against the efficacy of the poison. At last he entered
a pool of heated water, from which he sprinkled the nearest of his slaves, adding the exclamation,
"I offer this liquid as a libation to Jupiter the Deliverer." He was then carried into a bath,
with the steam of which he was suffocated, and he was burnt without any of the usual funeral rites.’