The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Marcus Aurelius

We do not come to Marcus Aurelius for a treatise on Stoicism. He is no head of a school to lay down a body of doctrine for students; he does not even contemplate that others should read what he writes. His philosophy is not an eager intellectual inquiry, but more what we should call religious feeling. The uncompromising stiffness of Zeno or Chrysippus is softened and transformed by passing through a nature reverent and tolerant, gentle and free from guile; the grim resignation which made life possible to the Stoic sage becomes in him almost a mood of aspiration. His book records the innermost thoughts of his heart, set down to ease it, with such moral maxims and reflections as may help him to bear the burden of duty and the countless annoyances of a busy life. It is instructive to compare the Meditations with another famous book, the Imitation of Christ. There is the same ideal of self-control in both. It should be a man’s task, says the Imitation, “to overcome himself, and every day to be stronger than himself.” “In withstanding of the passions standeth very peace of heart.” “Let us set the axe to the root, that we being purged of our passions may have a peaceable mind.” To this end there must be continual self-examination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781406885668
Publisher: Echo Library
Publication date: 10/12/2017
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 1,255,797
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors.

Table of Contents

BOOK ONE 7

BOOK TWO 13

BOOK THREE 19

BOOK FOUR 25

BOOK FIVE 33

BOOK SIX 41

BOOK SEVEN 51

BOOK EIGHT 61

BOOK NINE 71

BOOK TEN 79

BOOK ELEVEN 87

BOOK TWELVE 95

About the Author 101

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