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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

249 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

529 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:

Meditations – 5stars

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

An unbelievable value.

 on July 19, 2017
By Eva Henderson
My first exposure to Marcus Aurelius was “Silence of the Lambs” (when Hanibal Lector quotes Aurelius to Clarice). I was intrigued. After reading Meditations, I was even more intrigued, and started buying copies for my friends. I have read Nietzche, Plato, Sartre. But this book tells it like it IS. Aurelius did not shy away from discussing topics we find too embarrassing today: from death to sex, perversity to honesty. This small volume is PACKED with life-giving, refreshing wisdom. And the price??? An unbelievable value.

Adorable, intimate

 on May 9, 2017
By Alejandro Garciarrubio Granados
Personal and intimate writing from a great man who strugled to be better each day. I don’t belive on reading to get “teachings of life”, but it will certainly cause you not harm to read this book. Even from the translation, you can see what a good writer he was. Besides, identifying with the worries an thoughts of a man who wrote two millenia ago, shows that there is something universal in the human mind.

Great Book at a Great Price.

 on July 21, 2017
By LJ
I read this book after hearing that it is the defense secretary’s favorite book that he carries around with him everywhere he goes. I can see why he does as this is a great classic packed with an abundance of timeless wisdom. You can own and read this book for just one single dollar. And I can tell you that this is a dollar very well spent!

I found it very useful in my quest to ever better myself

 on September 30, 2016
By Matthew
An absolute classic and must have piece of work. I found it very useful in my quest to ever better myself, whatever that really means. The point is that each time you re-read it, and you will want to read it more than once, you’ll find something different to meditate on and to hopefully use in your everyday life. It’s a timeless classic for a reason and I highly recommend this.

New Translation

8 people found this helpful.
 on May 3, 2011
By Marshall Crutcher
The Meditations was the first philosophy book I randomly pulled of my parents’ shelves when I was a boy of 12. It was a marvel for me, with the short paragraphs of advice and humble insights from a Roman emperor writing by lamplight in his campaign tent. It seemed penned directly to me from over 2000 years ago. Magic. The irony of my adolescent romance with a stoic has amused me since, but there is some logic to it, as I was then starting to manage my own thinking and hormones at the same time while looking for form and guidance from the word outside my immediate family. The paragraphs were short, and I was inspired that I had discovered this dusty old book, so I could excavate my youthful way through the older, stiffer translation.

This is a classic for a reason.

One person found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2017
By Billy Rubin
This is a classic for a reason. I didn’t like it at first because I blew through it. Later I picked it up again and read it slowly to give it time to sink in. I’m glad I did.

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 on August 20, 2017
By Robert Hannah
This is what got me in to the Stoic philosophy, however after learning what I have, I took many of the writings in this book out of the intended context. This book should be supplemented with Epictetus’s Discourse, Enchiridion, and Seneca’s Letters From A Stoic.