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'He has provided Farquharson's text with a lucid introduction, a select bibliography and light but helpful annotation. His selection of letters brings both Fronto and Marcus pleasingly to life.' Times Literary Supplement
Certainly Marcus Aurelius Antonius is one of the great philosophers. Known as a "stoic", it might be better to look at him as a rather common-sensical person who has thought long and hard about the world and humans' place in it. This is a good book for reading just before going to bed. The tone is peaceful, quiet and lends itself very well to contemplation. If you have not read any of his material, this book is a good place to start.
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius spent the last years of his life on campaign along the eastern margins of the Empire, warding off the incursions of barbarian tribes. He kept a journal of his personal musings on the meaning of life, as they occured to him, far from home and family. The format is a series of thoughts and private discourses, infused with the Stoic tradition popular among the Roman elite of his time. It was a tradition whose teachings called for a simple, disciplined and humble life in acceptance of the will of a higher God, a tradition not incompatible with early Christianity. Marcus Aurelius ended his days in A.D.180, but his questions and answers of himself are still worthy of consideration by a modern audience. Highly recommended.
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