This essay offers an introduction to Justus Lipsius's dialogue De Constantia, first published in 1584. Although the dialogue bears a superficial similarity to philosophical works of consolation, I suggest that it should be approached as a spiritual exercise written by Lipsius primarily for his own benefit.
John Sellars; Justus Lipsius's De Constantia: A Stoic Spiritual Exercise. Poetics Today 1 September 2007; 28 (3): 339–362. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03335372-2007-001
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