James RommHow to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management


In his essay “On Anger,” the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca argues that anger is the most destructive passion.

This lecture, from James Romm, editor, translator, and Professor of Classics at Bard College offers us a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and society.

Seneca’s thoughts on anger have never been more relevant than today, when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate. Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal, readers will find, in Seneca’s wisdom, a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age.

A book signing follows the event.

Tickets are $29 per person.

About the Author


James Romm is the editor and translator of Seneca’s How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life (Princeton) and the author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero (Knopf). He has written for the New York Review of Books and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College and lives in Barrytown, New York.