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Story of Seneca by JW-Jeong Story of Seneca by JW-Jeong
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.
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'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.’   
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Isladh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool and realistic. Wow!  The expression on the face of this man is just awesome! 
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fetchingfeast Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
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TheArtistAsian Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never heard about Seneca before.  I think this is a great introduction to a famous Roman.
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Susi-THzombie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This does look really cool. Just too bad this isn't what Seneca actually looked like... Although it was believed he looked like this for years. All Peter Paul Rubens' fault.
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
excellent
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sense983 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
COOL.NICE.
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
A very interesting sentence, but you did a great job in your portrait. By the way, I have a book called "The Last Days of Socrates" by Plato. It's very interesting what one may learn from old texts about and from Athenian philosophers.
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OmegaTheOmniscient Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I can't think of anything to say about Nero's sentence, but you've certainly done this portrait justice.
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wondered where you had gotten the reference.
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Fastfood Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Wow, very cool, nice work. 

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