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Marcus Aurelius Meditations
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Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161–180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus’s insights and advice—on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others—have made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago.
In Gregory Hays’s new translation—the first in thirty-five years—Marcus’s thoughts speak with a new immediacy. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. Never before have Marcus’s insights been so directly and powerfully presented.
With an Introduction that outlines Marcus’s life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work’s ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the thoughts of one of the most enlightened and intelligent leaders of any era.
- Series: Modern Library
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Modern Library (May 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679642609
- ISBN-13: 978-0679642602
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
A word of caution
Amazon lumps different translations together as merely variations on how the book is delivered. In this case, the Hays translation is the hardcover, while the authors who translated the paperback and Kindle versions aren’t specified. So use the tools available (look inside, free sample) to get an idea of the language used by the author and see if it’s something you’d like to read, or if a different translation suits you better.
It’s worth trying different translations
I don’t know who did the translation for this one but I found it very difficult to follow. This prompted me to look around and I found another translation by George Long (Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus 1862). Even though it’s not a recent translation, Long’s version is often easier to understand. Compare the translations of the first paragraph for example:
Meditations – 5stars
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
and Socrates is my great uncle and Thales is my grand father
I am sincerely pissed that I was not provided a copy of this as a kid growing up. I have devised a work around to the whole “Not growing up with a father figure” issue. I have decided that Marcus Aurealis is my actual father, and Socrates is my great uncle and Thales is my grand father. I realize this sounds nutty to read but I honestly feel more in common with these thinkers then the absent XY chromosome donor.
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read about anything
You could go your whole life reading the Meditations and Seneca’s letters and still not understand Stoicism the way Hadot can teach you in 300 pages. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read about anything; it is a true masterpiece and a shame that so few people will ever read it. Do yourself a favor and dive in.
Excellent Edition of the Greatest Text Ever Written
First, do we all recognize that the author of this text, Marcus Aurelius, was a Roman Emperor? If so, why have I not been forced to read this from a young age? This is quite possibly the most insightful, existential book I’ve ever read. Emperor Aurelius has given us wisdom in its purest form. This should be a manual for every human’s life. Every sentence is mind-numbingly profound. This book is so good, that I might just have the entire text tattooed on my body. I cannot stress enough that the sagacity of this book is beyond what I have ever read. Definitely a must-read and a must-live-by.
This is a book everybody ought to read. And reread. But there are problems…..
There are a lot of translations of the Meditations out there and most of them are very difficult to read. This is because the translators are doing their best to provide the reader with a translation that is faithful to the original language, which was, I believe, Ancient Greek (which seems kind of odd, considering he was a Roman).
***MARCUS AURELIUS WAS A GIFT FROM A WRITER FRIEND***HE GAVE IT TO ME TO READ WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS NEAR DEATH***ALL I WAS READING WAS THE BIBLE & READING THIS IS ALMOST LIKE READING THE BIBLE, ONLY IT ISN’T JESUS TALKING***ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ OVER & OVER***I HAVE SEVERAL COPIES OF IT***I KEEP ONE IN MY TRUCK***IN MY PURSE***IN MY CHURCH PURSE***MY HOSPITAL BAG & EVERY BOOK SHELF & I GIVE THEM AS GIFTS*** **RIGHT UP THERE WITH “THE LITTLE PRINCE”***YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF & THE RISKS YOU MUST TAKE TO LOVE OTHERS & HOW TO BELIEVE & HAVE FAITH IN GOD TO HELP THINGS WORK IN YOUR LIFE & ACCEPT GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU WHEN THEY DON’T WORK OUT AT THE TIMING YOU PREFER***MARCUS JUST WORDS IT DIFFERENTLY***GET MORE THAN ONE COPY BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOAN IT OUT, YOU WON”T GET IT BACK***
He speaks to us all
This is a book you don’t read in 4-5 hours cover to cover and move on. It’s a philosophy. I reread passages, and am on chapter/book 3 right now. Learn and apply. Tame yourself and conquer the world. Excellent book, timeless. He speaks to us all.