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Meditations Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe While the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy a timeless collection that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers throughout the centuries


About the Author: Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus often referred to as the wise was Emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 to his death in 180 He was the last of the Five Good Emperors , and is also considered one of theimportant Stoic philosophers His two decades as emperor were marked by near continual warfare He was faced with a series of invasions from German tribes, and by conflicts with the Parthian Empire in the east His reign also had to deal with an internal revolt in the east, led by Avidius Cassius.Marcus Aurelius work Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a government of service and duty and has been praised for its exquisite accent and its infinite tenderness.



10 thoughts on “Meditations

  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    In many important ways, the reflections of Marcus Aurelius 121 180 crystallize the philosophical wisdom of the Greco Roman world This little book was written as a diary to himself while emperor fighting a war out on the boarder of the Roman Empire and today this book is known to us as The Meditations.The Roman philosophers are not as well known or as highly regarded as Greek philosophers such as Pl


  2. Brad Lyerla Brad Lyerla says:

    When I was a freshman in college, I lived in a dorm My roommate was on the football team He would write inspiring things on poster board and hang them in our room often on the ceiling above his bed to motivate himself He favored straightforward sentiments like never give up The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius did not hang motivational posters for inspiration Instead, he kept a journal in which he colle


  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Look within do not allow the special quality or worth of anything to pass you byI love this quote and I love the wisdom that runs through this book It s such a simple idea and it is also a very true one Make the most of everything and everyone, of every situation and chance that life throws your way because when they have passed, we may not get them again Marcus Aurelius is full of logic and revealing


  4. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    Someone lent me this because they thought it might help me feel better change my thinking I was like sure I ll give it a chance but like sorry to say it did nothing I feel as though many of the things in there that might be helpful are things I ve already gotten elsewhere by this point or attitudes I already hold Also I m not sure but was this written at the end of his life because he just seems like he


  5. Riku Sayuj Riku Sayuj says:

    Marcus Aurelius must have been a prolific reader He sure was a prolific note taker, for these meditations are surely his study notes after all he was a philosopher from age 12 I don t know of the publishing system at the time but where are the detailed footnotes and references Marcus Aurelius is quite a wise man or at least he read enough wise men He sure nailed it as far as boring a reader is concerned No


  6. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Wearing Mismatched Socks at Work is Empowering Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Gregory Hays trans Concentrate every minute like a Roman like a man on doing what s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice And on freeing yourself from all other distractions Yes, you can if you do everything as if it were


  7. Maru Kun Maru Kun says:

    Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet, particularly social networking sites because most of what we say and do is not essential If you can eliminate it, you ll havetime andtranquillity Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary He shares his opinions on the worst types of modern professional He does not approve of lobbyists and is rightly worried about their influence on the legislative pro


  8. Phyllis Eisenstadt Phyllis Eisenstadt says:

    THINK ABOUT IT Never before have I given a five star rating to a book of which I had only read 9% However, this book is special in many ways, and if the beginning is any indication of the author s thoughts and reflections, it merits this rating I eagerly await my future readings of this splendid work.Like the Bible, it can be opened to any page, and the passage will resonate with most people at various times in


  9. Alexandra Petri Alexandra Petri says:

    This basically consists of Marcus Aurelius repeating, Get it together, Marcus to himself over and over again over the course of 12 chapters SPOILER ALERT The time during which you are alive is very very brief compared to the time during which you did not exist and will not exist People who wrong you only do so from ignorance, and if you can correct them without being a jerk about it, you should do so You are a lit


  10. Adam Dalva Adam Dalva says:

    It s, of course, completely ridiculous to rate a nearly 2000 year old journal by a Roman emperor who never intended it to be read As a book experience, the repetition of Aurelius s thoughts can be frustrating the excellent introduction in this volume provides context for it, and for the concept of stoicism , but I found his challenges, his every day worries remarkably human When they re good, they re incredible At d


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