Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Marcus Aurelius


One of the world's most famed and influential books, Meditations, through the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121–180), contains the stoic precepts he used to deal with his existence as a warrior and administrator of an empire. Ascending to the imperial throne in A.D. 161, Aurelius came across his reign beset by means of ordinary failures and battle. within the wake of those demanding situations, he set down a sequence of non-public reflections, outlining a philosophy of dedication to advantage above excitement and calmness above happiness.
Reflecting the emperor's personal noble and self-sacrificing code of behavior, this eloquent and relocating paintings attracts and enriches the culture of Stoicism, which under pressure the hunt for internal peace and moral simple task in an it sounds as if chaotic global. Serenity was once to be completed via emulating in one's own behavior the underlying orderliness and lawfulness of nature. And within the face of inevitable soreness, loss, and loss of life — the pain on the center of existence — Aurelius counsels stoic detachment from the issues which are past one's regulate and a spotlight on one's personal will and perception.
Presented right here in a specifically modernized model of the vintage George lengthy translation, this up to date and revised version is well available to modern readers. It not just presents a desirable glimpse into the brain and character of a hugely principled Roman of the second one century but additionally deals latest readers a pragmatic and inspirational advisor to the demanding situations of daily life.

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