- Series: Guides for the Perplexed
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (January 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441108106
- ISBN-13: 978-1441108104
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A very interesting and useful introduction to the life of Marcus Aurelius and to Stoic philosophy, which will prove rewarding reading for both the interested layman and the more serious student of Roman History." – A.A. Nofi, Editor, The NYMAS Review “Marcus’s Meditations are a source of inspiration and curiosity. Why did Marcus write the book? What is the context and history of its authorship and dissemination? What are the book’s central themes? How are these themes related to Stoicism and to the rest of ancient Greek and Roman thought? And what is the lasting significance and impact of the text? William O. Stephens’s Marcus Aurelius: A Guide for the Perplexed does an admirable job of answering these questions. He details the historical context, shedding light on Marcus’s life, times, and even geography (as maps are provided). He briefly discusses the reception of Marcus by subsequent philosophers. He relates Marcus’s Stoic philosophy to the work of Heraclitus and Epictetus. And he analyzes the text from a variety of angles, including mereology, cosmology, philosophy of time, logic, and ethics. ” ―Andrew Faiala, New York Military Affairs Symposium --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
William O. Stephens is a Professor of Philosophy and of Classical &Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University, Nebraska, USA.
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'Books on Roman Emperors tend to be very long. Not this one. Among the greatest Roman emperors, Marcus Aurelius (r. AD 161-180) is also something of an enigma, a Stoic of introspective, philosophical bent, a man of no military experience who yet led one of Rome's last great wars of conquest, only to die on the eve of victory, a tolerant and humane man who yet allowed the persecution of Christians, and, of course, father of Commodus, whom he knew to be unbalanced yet made co-emperor at an early age. In Marcus Aurelius, Prof. Stephens (Creighton), author of The Person: Readings in Human Nature, tries to give us a look at this complex man, from his origins and education, through his ascent to power, military campaigns, and philosophical musings, and then takes a look at how history as viewed him. Quite naturally, Stephens dwells a good deal on Stoicism and Marcus' personal philosophy, but he also addresses his campaigns, putting them within the framework of overall imperial defense. And as a bonus, Stephens gives us an analysis of the film Gladiator as it reflects both history and Stoicism. A very interesting introduction to Marcus and to Stoic philosophy.'
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