/ Books / Subjects / Self-Help

Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

Loading offers...

Buy on Amazon
 
Product Description

Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. 
Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions. 

But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers through the centuries.

Amazon.com Review

One measure, perhaps, of a book's worth, is its intergenerational pliancy: do new readers acquire it and interpret it afresh down through the ages? The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translated and introduced by Gregory Hays, by that standard, is very worthwhile, indeed. Hays suggests that its most recent incarnation--as a self-help book--is not only valid, but may be close to the author's intent. The book, which Hays calls, fondly, a "haphazard set of notes," is indicative of the role of philosophy among the ancients in that it is "expected to provide a 'design for living.'" And it does, both aphoristically ("Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly.") and rhetorically ("What is it in ourselves that we should prize?"). Whether these, and other entries ("Enough of this wretched, whining monkey life.") sound life-changing or like entries in a teenager's diary is up to the individual reader, as it should be. Hays's introduction, which sketches the life of Marcus Aurelius (emperor of Rome A.D. 161-180) as well as the basic tenets of stoicism, is accessible and jaunty. --H. O'Billovich

Product Description

Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. 
Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions. 

But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers through the centuries.

ASIN B07BX64RV5
Amazon Sales Rank 2,266,868
Main Category Kindle Edition
Group eBooks
Publisher Endymion Press
Studio Endymion Press
Manufacturer Endymion Press
Language(s) English (Published)
Adult Product? No
 

Similar Products

The Book of Five Rings

Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Republic (Dover Thrift Editions)

 

Nicomachean Ethics (Hackett Classics)

Abelard: Ethical Writings (Hackett Classics)

The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics)

 

The Aeneid [Annotated] (With Active Table of Contents)

Protagoras (World Classics)

 

Reviews

Loading reviews...

Amazon

Loading...

Best Sellers

Loading...

Tags

Meditation Product Reviews Meditation Price ComparisonCompare Prices on Meditation Compare Product Reviews on Meditation Meditation Price ComparisonCompare Prices on Meditation Compare Product Reviews on Meditation Meditation Product Reviews Tao Te Ching Price Comparison Compare Product Reviews on Tao Te Ching Tao Te Ching Product ReviewsCompare Prices on Tao Te Ching Compare Product Reviews on Ethics & Morality Ethics & Morality Product Reviews Ethics & Morality Price ComparisonCompare Prices on Ethics & Morality Ethics & Morality Price Comparison Ethics & Morality Product Reviews Compare Product Reviews on Ethics & MoralityCompare Prices on Ethics & Morality Self-Help Price Comparison Compare Product Reviews on Self-HelpCompare Prices on Self-Help Self-Help Product Reviews