And the answer: Seneca.
Also known as Seneca the Younger, Lucius Annaeus Seneca was known for championing Stoicism and writing celebrated tragedies. He commended mercy as a sovereign quality. As a playwright, he wrote nine tragedies which were reworkings of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
Many ideas held sacred to Western civilization actually have origins in ancient philosophers such as Seneca. In Ancient Greece, philosophers had the express job of contemplating life, ethics, work, relationships, and anything else under the sun, and were praised as long as they were perceived to shed some light on that confounded question of human nature. In Rome, much of the same applied—yet each generation brought forth new considerations and moral dilemmas. For as long as humans have been around, the questions of our existence have been hashed and rehashed in countless different yet important ways. Thus, the study of philosophy has taken on many different forms over the centuries, with dedicated believers on every side.
Did you know?
Yesterday, November 17th, was World Philosophy Day! This holiday first occurred on November 21, 2002, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed it an International Day. Now, the day marks an opportunity to learn any and everything about the seven disciplines of philosophy: Metaphysics, Axiology, Logic, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, and Political Philosophy.
Learn more about influential philosophers here.