The Spiritual Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius: A Poetic Rendition of The Meditations

The Spiritual Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius: A Poetic Rendition of The Meditations

by Alan Jacobs
     
 
Carrying a simple but powerful message—that we only have a short time on earth, that we don't know what's going to happen, and that it doesn't matter— Marcus Aurelius's Meditations has been described as the best book of practical philosophy ever written. External events and sensations, it says, are immaterial compared to our private quest for

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Carrying a simple but powerful message—that we only have a short time on earth, that we don't know what's going to happen, and that it doesn't matter— Marcus Aurelius's Meditations has been described as the best book of practical philosophy ever written. External events and sensations, it says, are immaterial compared to our private quest for perfection.

Alan Jacobs's version, The Spiritual Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius, selects all of the essential and inspirational portions of the great Stoic's philosophical masterpiece and offers them in a refreshingly accessible verse translation. After more than 2000 years, Aurelius's words still present a solid defense against the problems and stresses of our troubled times. They gain a special authority in being written by an emperor—a man placed at the head of a great enterprise—who, at the same time, managed to keep in perspective what is, humanly, truly important.

Jacobs preserves the essence of Aurelius's thought, while making the meditations lively and readable in modern language. The book is a wonderful guide for anyone who wants to live a happy and spiritual life, in accordance with high ethical standards.

Alan Jacobs is chair of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK. He is the editor of the anthology Poetry for the Spirit and has published regularly in the magazines Reflections and Self Enquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760781739
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
05/11/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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