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Abstract

Abstract

This paper examines the philosophical treatise written by Seneca the Younger (. 4  to 65 ) and discusses some of the insights that it offers regarding the pragmatics of interpersonal encounters in ancient Rome. In particular, it identifies types of appropriate and inappropriate non-verbal behaviour sometimes employed when making requests. Seneca’s close observation of these social nuances alerts us to the importance of non-verbal elements for a complete understanding of (im)politeness in everyday life.

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Keyword(s): De Beneficiis , facial expression , non-verbal politeness , refusals , requests and Seneca (the Younger)
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