Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Marcus Aurelius


One of the world's most renowned and influential books, Meditations, through the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121–180), accommodates 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 upon his reign beset through usual mess ups and conflict. 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 quietness 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 sure bet in an it seems that chaotic global. Serenity used to be to be accomplished by way of emulating in one's own behavior the underlying orderliness and lawfulness of nature. And within the face of inevitable soreness, loss, and demise — the affliction on the middle of lifestyles — Aurelius counsels stoic detachment from the issues which are past one's keep an eye on and a spotlight on one's personal will and perception.
Presented right here in a particularly 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 state-of-the-art readers a pragmatic and inspirational advisor to the demanding situations of daily life.

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