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  • Meditations Dover Thrift Editions
  • Meditations Dover Thrift Editions
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One of the world's most famous and influential books, Meditations, by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121–180), incorporates the stoic precepts he used to cope with his life as a warrior and administrator of an empire. Ascending to the imperial throne in A.D. 161, Aurelius found his reign beset by natural disasters and war. In the wake of these challenges, he set down a series of private reflections, outlining a philosophy of commitment to virtue above pleasure and tranquility above happiness.
Reflecting the emperor's own noble and self-sacrificing code of conduct, this eloquent and moving work draws and enriches the tradition of Stoicism, which stressed the search for inner peace and ethical certainty in an apparently chaotic world. Serenity was to be achieved by emulating in one's personal conduct the underlying orderliness and lawfulness of nature. And in the face of inevitable pain, loss, and death — the suffering at the core of life — Aurelius counsels stoic detachment from the things that are beyond one's control and a focus on one's own will and perception.
Presented here in a specially modernized version of the classic George Long translation, this updated and revised edition is easily accessible to contemporary readers. It not only provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the second century but also offers today's readers a practical and inspirational guide to the challenges of everyday life.

Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048629823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

A word of caution

208 people found this helpful.
 on July 23, 2016
By Nom de Bloom
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

489 people found this helpful.
 on September 25, 2013
By davidhmorgan
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:

The world could use a few more stoics

27 people found this helpful.
 on November 26, 2011
By Tarheel Chemist
Marcus Aurelius was the last of a group of “good” Roman Emperors. His profile was raised most recently in the “Gladiator” film, where appears as a benevolent leader of an increasingly corrupt empire. If his thoughts as outlined in this document are any indication, then the movie portrayal Marcus Aurelius is not far from the truth. These thoughts appear piecemeal as epiphanies written by the Emperor between 170-180 AD. Aurelius considered himself a philosopher, which was the equivalent of a dedicated scientist in his day. He believed in a life of humble service and dedication to improving the world around him. His view of world included the need to better understand and forgive others for their shortcomings. It is a window into the Romans view of how to ideally conduct themselves in public and private life that is incredibly fascinating.

A must read for anyone looking to better themselves or change their perspective

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 9, 2017
By Amazon Customer
A must read for anyone looking to better themselves or change their perspective. I took down countless quotes and notes from reading this. Very insightful & relevant principles that hold up even though it was written 1800+ years ago!

Possibly the greatest leader in history right here!

9 people found this helpful.
 on July 9, 2014
By Whiskey Tango
This was my first foray into the works of the classic stoic authors and honestly I’m kind of ashamed to admit that my only real exposure to anything related to Marcus Aurelius before this was from the late great Richard Harris’ portrayal of him in the movie Gladiator. That fact is a crying shame because this book is brilliant and should be read by every member of the human race. I honestly think if we put his words into the hands of our youth and made them memorize and live by these words that we would likely have world peace or at a minimum a much better and kinder world within the span of one generation (I believe the same of meditation). I’ve never had an author drive the point home so well that many of the anxieties we have in life are pointless and a complete waste of time to worry about. Out of all the great points he makes this one he reiterates quite a bit but it doesn’t become boring or annoying, in fact quite the opposite. Each time he expresses this idea in a new and thoughtful way.

Classic philosophy

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 6, 2016
By Kindle Customer
This is pure wisdom that we can use in our daily lives . The lessons in Marcus Aurelius Meditations is applicable today even though it was written almost 2000 years ago. Being present in the moment and keeping our passions and desires in check are extremely important lessons. I plan on rereading this every six months to apply to my daily living .

Meditations – 5stars

116 people found this helpful.
 on May 11, 2014
By Alex
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Private journal of doing his best to live according to his mentors

14 people found this helpful.
 on February 8, 2013
By from Oregon
Very interesting, often very exemplary, journals of a well-educated man who tried to live up to his teachers, parents, and mentors in life. He writes of how he himself should live. It isn’t so much a memoir, but a journal helping him to remember how he was taught, and how to apply that to his life at the moment. He leaned toward philosophy. Did his best to treat people well.

and Hays’) the dover thrift and penguin classics were more personal and it seems like Marcus is actually talking to you through

9 people found this helpful.
 on July 10, 2016
By Grazziela Sena
I’ve read three versions of the book (Dover Thrift, Penguin Classics, and Hays’) the dover thrift and penguin classics were more personal and it seems like Marcus is actually talking to you through time, the way how these 2 books were written was designed to approach the reader on the deeper level. The Hays translation is more straight forward, blunt and because of this the book loses its emotional connectivity to readers but it will be more easier to read

Somewhat Abstract and Difficult to Follow – At Least for Me!

 on August 6, 2015
By FCD117
I read a good deal of popular prose. I have tried very hard to comprehend some of the more complicated writings of various individuals such as poets and philosophers. I often struggle if things are not fairly straightforward. As an example, I prefer Carl Sandburg to Emily Dickinson. This does not mean that I do not think that Miss Dickinson is a great poetess. I am quite certain that she is. Such is the case with this work. I am quite certain it is very deep and intelligent. But I find a lot of it to be too complicated for me. This is another work that I probably should have a mentor explain to me. In terms of philosophy, I prefer that which is somewhat more “homespun” such as Ben Franklin and the Book of Proverbs in The Bible.