Meditations (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Meditations (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)


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Meditations (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by Marcus Aurelius

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%>

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760752296
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 12/15/2003
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 66,121
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meditations 6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A manor of soulus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wants to start training