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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

333 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

606 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

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

Meditations is without a doubt a must read for anyone …

 on September 28, 2017
By john134
Meditations is without a doubt a must read for anyone interested in human behavior and the Stoic school of philosophy. While parts may be difficult to understand the book taken in whole provides marvelous insight into human behavior. Marcus has given us a way to see life, our role in our lives, and our role in other people’s lives.

As someone who’s engaged in a similar journaling practice for …

 on October 15, 2017
By Todd X
As someone who’s engaged in a similar journaling practice for 15-years, I partly read it to sniff for similarities….as far as could possibly exist between myself and a Roman emperor! I was surprised to find quite a few. Beyond that, this is of course a classic that’s full of timeless self-awareness and wisdom. Sometimes it’s hard to keep in mind that these were written as a journal; when he says “you”, he was speaking of himself. I periodically found myself having to check and adjust the perspective.

Excellent !

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2014
By CascadeMike
This is a collection of thought provoking and uplifting paragraphs and bullet points by one of Rome’s greatest emperors. Each section provides perfect reading for a quiet moment. Each section can be reread profitably, and should be considered carefully. The ideas are simple, but profound.

Consequential

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 5, 2017
By Alfonso Rojas Alvarez
One of the most consequential books you can read in your lifetime. Marcus Aurelius’ stoicism is not only a set on thoughts, but a reminder of the struggles that virtuous life presents, even at the highest levels of power. The introduction is also very well done, providing a clear historical and philosophical guideline to understand better each of the sections of the book. In general, you shouldn’t miss this book, ever.

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.