Meditations (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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Meditations (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Marcus Aurelius
     
 

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Meditations is Marcus Aurelius’ private book of reflections, written over a series of years in far-flung places as he led the Romans in military campaigns, quashed revolts, and dealt with the other tribulations of governing the Empire. It is best described as a spiritual journal, containing a record of Marcus’ philosophical exercises. The book is interesting as…  See more details below

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Meditations is Marcus Aurelius’ private book of reflections, written over a series of years in far-flung places as he led the Romans in military campaigns, quashed revolts, and dealt with the other tribulations of governing the Empire. It is best described as a spiritual journal, containing a record of Marcus’ philosophical exercises. The book is interesting as an example of Stoic thought and is valuable for historical reasons as a document of the inner life of a remarkable Roman emperor. It remains compelling, however, because it bears witness to a profound journey of the human spirit and speaks to us across the millennia about perennial human problems.<%END%>

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Marcus Aurelius - who contemporary readers might recognize from Gladiator, the 2000 Hollywood film starring Richard Harris as Marcus - became Emperor in 161 C.E. at the age of forty. While his philosophical training encouraged toleration and even compassion, his duties as Emperor often required a harsher approach. Marcus thus embodies the tragic paradox of the philosopher-king who must enforce the law and administer justice, while looking beyond politics to the cosmic vantage point from which the tribulations of politics come to seem trivial.<%END%>

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ISBN-13:
9780760752296
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
236,019
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meditations 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
AdamZ1 More than 1 year ago
I pick up this book and reread selections whenever I'm feeling depressed. Time and time again the book reminds you that life is fleeting, but Aurelius' approach to this truth is different than our modern "so make the most of it" attitude. Instead, he focuses on the fact is itself, on the insignificance of life, so as to make a person with context. You'll have to read the book to understand what I mean.
AllenAS More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read and understand the position and thought of ancient philosopher, specially, The emperor and head of the state. It is good start to become familiar with one of the oldest class of thinking "Stoicism" But is much better to read the life of emperor Marcus Aurelius first to know him and his position at the time.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
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Avelee More than 1 year ago
I have the paperback version and really wanted one on my nook, which can also be read on my iPad through the nook app. I need the Martin Hammond translation as that is what we are using in class. Though the paperback is that of Martin Hammond, the nook book version is not. I wish I was informed of this before I purchased it, the cover is completely different in my nook library because it is a different book. If I would have paid more than $.95 I would be much more upset, but I do not appreciate false advertising. I know this is most likely a technical issue, but it needs to be fixed. I usually spend at least $10 on school-related nook books (not textbooks). It makes me want to switch to the kindle, where I can pay with my checking account and am not limited to credit cards.
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The Roman Emperor and General of the Army muses at night on practical philosophy. If you saw the movie GLADIATOR he is Russel Crowe's adopted father who is murdered by his biological son at the opening of the story.
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Test!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exactly what I was looking for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A manor of soulus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't have an apprentice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wants to start training