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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by [Donald J. Robertson]

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This book is the result of nearly twenty years of research on Stoicism and its relevance to the psychological challenges of modern life.  I was inspired to write it when my daughter kept asking me to tell her more and more stories about ancient philosophy.  I realized that the best way to learn about Stoicism is through the examples provided by the lives of ancient Stoics such as Marcus Aurelius.  In this book, I've combined stories from the life of Marcus Aurelius, based on extensive research using the surviving Roman histories of his reign, with insights and practical guidance found in his famous notebook, known as The Meditations.  I also drew on my experience as a cognitive-behavioural therapist and trainer to present Stoic techniques in a way that could be put into practice by modern readers.  Chapters deal with topics such as coping with unhealthy desires, pain and illness, worry and anxiety, anger, and loss.  The Meditations is already a classic but I realized that people could be helped to get twice as much benefit from the wisdom it contains by learning more about the man who wrote it and the Stoic concepts and techniques he found so valuable in overcoming the challenges he faced as Roman Emperor.

About the Author

Donald Robertson is a writer, trainer, and cognitive psychotherapist.  He is the author of six books and dozens of articles on philosophy and psychotherapy.  He specializes in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of anxiety and in the relationship between ancient philosophy and modern psychotherapy.  He is one of the founding members of the Modern Stoicism organization and has been involved in teaching and writing about Stoicism, and its relevance today, for nearly twenty years.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07D2C5NNV
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (April 2, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 2, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1965 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 293 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Donald Robertson is the author of six books including How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius and the graphic novel Verissimus, about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius.

He is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, writer, and trainer, specializing in the relationship between philosophy, psychology, and self-improvement. He's particularly known for his work on Stoicism and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Donald was born in Ayr, Scotland, but now lives in Canada.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stoicism saved my life.
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
In 2015, I entered a personal crisis from wrong thinking, wrong choices, wrong everything, and alcoholism. I could not distinguish the true from the false. While in recovery, I met another sober alcoholic who handed me Marcus Aurelius Meditations. This was my quake book that shook me at the core. I began reading a lot of Greek philosophy!

Fast forward to 2019, I saw a Donald Robertson tweet about the book "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor." Since Marcus Aurelius had become one of my many dead mentors, I ordered and read Donald's book. A true masterpiece!

The book has a blend of Marcus' life, Roman history, cognitive therapy, philosophy, and psychology. This book taught me much more about Marcus' brother Lucius, who I could relate to prior to my 2015 crisis. Lucius would overindulgence in pleasures, which eventually killed him at age 39 (my current age in 2019).

Donald explains in stoic fashion. I could regurgitate snippets from Donald's book which has helped me, but this review would never end.

I recommend anyone who is new to Stoicism or Marcus Aurelius to get both "Meditations" and "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Soldier should be given a copy of this book.
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2019
This is a unique book that provides an interesting mix of history, psychology, and philosophy. It will give a deeper meaning to the text you will find in the Meditations. It is seriously a book that I wish would be given to every new military member to build resilience. A much longer and more complete review can be found in the Small Wars Journal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2019
I LOVE this book. Elegantly written. Part philosophy. Part psychology. A practical manual on living with integrity and freedom today. The stories are riveting, and teach concepts as you read. One of the few books I will re-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming and inspirational
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed - Robertson needs to practice what he preaches
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2020
Initially bought it on Audible and was impressed. Though you can get the raw Stoic philosophy of Marcus from his own passages in “The Meditations”, what author does so well here is weave in the context and incidents that demonstrated it. I had listened to it twice on audible and with Father’s Day nearing this was the obvious choice of the book to buy him. I ended up also buying another copy as I can see myself reading it again and also sharing with friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important book that I'll keep as long as I leave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Relevant!
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