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Meditations (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback – December 5, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1853264863 ISBN-10: 1853264865 Edition: New edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (December 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264863
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Here, for our age, is [Marcus's] great work presented in its entirety, strongly introduced and freshly, elegantly translated.' --Robert Fagles

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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.

Gregory Hays is assistant professor of classics at the University of Virginia. He has published articles and reviews on various ancient writers and is currently completing a translation and critical study of the mythographer Fulgentius.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book will give you the rare opportunity to read a book of wisdom written by a Roman Emperor. Marcus Aurelius was a well liked emperor you lived from 120 A.D. to 180 A.D. ruling in the late part of his life. The book's theme is to live your life in balance with the universe. Do your duty and fulfill the role the "Gods" put you on earth to do. Let reason be your master always doing what is beneficial to all. Do not sin because you only sin against yourself. Why worry about correcting others behaviors when you have so much uncompleted work to do on yourself. If you enjoy reading Plato, Epictetus, or philosophy in general I know you will enjoy reading this book, it is truly packed with wisdom and will take you back to Roman times and let you see how the wise among them thought before the dark ages and modern religion came on the stage of civilization. Very interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Remy Prime on July 25, 2007
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This is by far the best transaltion of Marcus' Meditations I've read. The language is very accessible and the notes in the back clarify many of the more vague passsages. This one is going to stay in my library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on March 28, 2011
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Marcus Aurelius, emperor of Rome, may be the closest mankind has ever come to producing the philosopher king that Plato envisioned in The Republic. A reluctant ruler and a reluctant warrior, much of his reign was spent in battle, defending the frontiers of the empire from the "barbarian" hordes. Fortunately for us, he carried a notebook along on his military campaigns, and thus we have the Meditations. Marcus's writings reveal him to be the last and greatest of the classical Stoics. Stoicism is a school of thought that asserts we have no control over our lives, only control over our perceptions. It advocates that the best life is the life that is lived in accordance with nature (not "nature" as in grass and trees, but "nature" as in the order of the universe). By concentrating one's thoughts and choices on what is good and virtuous, and disregarding the unimportant distractions of everyday life (even life and death are said to be neither good nor bad, but "indifferent"), we can avoid negative emotions like fear, anger, grief, and frustration, and live a life of happiness and tranquility. That's an oversimplification, of course. If you really want to know what Stoicism is and how it works read Epictetus or Seneca. What Marcus provides us with are the reflections of a man who studied and lived the Stoic life, and was its ultimate exemplar. Even if you don't buy into Stoicism, or have no interest in Philosophy with a capital P, you can still find inspiration and solace in the Meditations, as Marcus instructs us in dealing justly with others, overcoming emotional hardship, living life to the fullest by overcoming the fear of death, and resigning oneself to the insignificance of man in the universe.

The Meditations are divided into twelve books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan on May 14, 2012
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Book came as brand new and on time, and the content is very interesting for those who enjoy philosophy reads. I got this as a gift for my husband and he was very pleased with it.
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