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Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born to an upper-class Roman family in A.D. 121 and was later adopted by the future emperor Antoninus Pius, whom he succeeded in 161. His reign was marked by a successful campaign against Parthia, but was overshadowed in later years by plague, an abortive revolt in the eastern provinces, and the deaths of friends and family, including his co-emperor Lucius Verus. A student of philosophy from his earliest youth, he was especially influenced by the first-century Stoic thinker Epictetus. His later reputation rests on his Meditations, written during his later years and never meant for formal publication. He died in 180, while campaigning against the barbarian tribes on Rome’s northern frontier.
This work should be read from several translations. That's my opinion. Unless you understand Koine Greek from Roman times and the historical context in which Meditations was... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jose
The Staniforth translation of Marcus Aurelious' notes to himself is sublime. The 1964 Penguin Classic edition is the one to have. Read morePublished 14 days ago by PK
Everyone should try and read this. We think we are smart today but we don't know what is truly important - he knew.Published 2 months ago by Leo Hirschocker
This is the Maxwell Staniforth translation, and by far the best translation of this very great philosopher's work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dedicated reader
I use this as part of my daily meditation practice and have done so for years. It's good for that purpose.Published 4 months ago by SVB
It was translated about 50 years ago by a scholarly Englishman and he did an excellent job. It just took me a while to get used to the language and the vocabulary, but now I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by survivor '07
Excellent translation. Does not vere too far from the original. Some translators seem tempted on this work's uniqueness from antiquity to put conventional stoic construction on... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer