Marcus Aurelius: The Dialogues

Overview

This new work draws from Marcus Aurelius—one of the last great pre-Christian voices of classical Western philosophy and spirituality—the essential threads of his thinking in the Meditations weaving them into a more contemporary and coherent form. Recasting a meeting that actually took place between Marcus and four other historical figures of classical antiquity, the book's situational stage allows Marcus to discuss and defend his beliefs with a...

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Overview

This new work draws from Marcus Aurelius—one of the last great pre-Christian voices of classical Western philosophy and spirituality—the essential threads of his thinking in the Meditations weaving them into a more contemporary and coherent form. Recasting a meeting that actually took place between Marcus and four other historical figures of classical antiquity, the book's situational stage allows Marcus to discuss and defend his beliefs with a clarity not found in the Meditations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this delightful and well-written book, Alan Stedall . . . has done an enormous service in making Marcus Aurelius's reflections very accessible."  —Faith and Freedom

"I knew within a few lines this was going to be a treasure. . . . Aurelius (that is, Stedall) takes on the dissection of good and evil here, and it is fascinating to watch the concepts take shape."  —The Smoking Poet Book Reviews

"Overall, this book presents a splendid compression and a compelling synthesis of Marcus Aurelius's thought (and something of the author's own too). This accessible, elegantly designed volume is, quite simply, a blessing."  —The Compulsive Reader

Faith and Freedom
In this delightful and well-written book, Alan Stedall . . . has done an enormous service in making Marcus Aurelius's reflections very accessible.
The Smoking Poet Book Reviews
I knew within a few lines this was going to be a treasure. . . . Aurelius (that is, Stedall) takes on the dissection of good and evil here, and it is fascinating to watch the concepts take shape.
The Compulsive Reader

Overall, this book presents a splendid compression and a compelling synthesis of Marcus Aurelius's thought (and something of the author's own too). This accessible, elegantly designed volume is, quite simply, a blessing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856832369
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Stedall is a former cartographic surveyor for the Ordnance Survey (the UK government mapping agency) who moved into the field of information technology in 1973. He has since held directorship positions at a number of companies.

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Table of Contents

1 The death of an emperor 19
2 The philosopher king 25
3 Discussions at Aquileia 33
4 On the brevity of life and the need to seek meaning 39
5 On the pursuit of purpose 53
6 On the supreme good 61
7 On the pursuit of the virtuous life 73
8 Epilogue : on gods and the hereafter 81
App The relevance of Marcus Aurelius's beliefs to modern times 93
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