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Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on campaign in Pannonia, because internal notes tell us that the second book was written when he was campaigning against the Quadi on the river Granova (modern-day Hron) and the third book was written at Carnuntum. It is not clear that he ever intended the writings to be published, so the title Meditations is but one of several commonly assigned to the collection. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503280462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503280465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

A word of caution

 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

 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:

Meditations – 5stars

 on May 11, 2014
By Alex
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

and Socrates is my great uncle and Thales is my grand father

 on March 7, 2017
By The M4chin3
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

 on May 27, 2016
By Stoic in Training
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

 on July 9, 2016
By Chauncey
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…..

 on October 9, 2015
By chucksville
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***MEDITATIONS***

 on February 11, 2016
By Brenda
***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

 on March 2, 2017
By R S
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.