Bronze statue of Seneca in Cordoba, Spain (jgaunion/Getty Images)
“We don’t know how to give and receive,” Seneca writes in the opening statement of De Beneficiis
, newly edited and translated by Professor James Romm as How to Give: An Ancient Guide to Giving and Receiving
(Princeton University Press, 2020). Seneca counsels givers to be anonymous and forget they’ve given, and urges recipients to be grateful and remember. How to Give
is the latest entry in a series from Princeton University Press called Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers. James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics and director of the Classical Studies Program at Bard.