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Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 C.E.) wrote The Meditations as a personal reflection on how to live a virtuous life. Instead of translating the complete work here, Needleman (philosophy, San Francisco State Univ.) and classics scholar Piazza highlight passages they deem comprehensible for readers new to philosophy, omitting those that would have required extensive footnotes. They keep the chapters' original order and use asterisks to indicate omitted sections so that readers can consult complete works should they desire. In general and historical introductions, they give some background knowledge of Marcus, his philosophical influences, and the historical time period, also announcing their intention with this simplified translation: to enable Marcus's work to reach a greater number of readers. General readers will find this newest translation enlightening and easily accessible. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Scott Duimstra, Capital Area Dist. Lib., Lansing, MICopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.