OIL PAINTING: The Death of Seneca
The story behind The Death of Seneca by David:
There were two famous Romans named Seneca. The most famous is the son. His father bore the same name, is sometimes referred to as Marcus. They were born in Cordova, Spain. The father wrote a history of Rome, which, unfortunately, is lost to us. The younger Seneca went to Rome and was trained to be a lawyer. He was to make powerful friends but ran afoul of one of them in the course of a court case and was banished to Corsica where he remained for eight years. Eventually, Seneca was to be entrusted by Agrippina with the education of her son, Nero . Upon Nero becoming the emperor, Seneca was made a consul. Seneca continued to hold to his high moral ideals; and, it is this that led to Nero's gradual aversion. (Nero was one of the most despicable persons in all of the world's history and had developed a nasty habit of killing off any person for whom he developed a dislike: such as his mother and his wives.) In 65, there was a conspiracy to get rid of Nero; Seneca fell under suspicion and thus to suffer Nero's vengeance. Seneca was sentenced to death by a method of his own choosing: he elected to open his veins.