Meditations

Meditations

Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and ex Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Med...

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Title:Meditations
Author:Marcus Aurelius
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Meditations Reviews

  • Jason Pettus
    Jul 18, 2012
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called literary "classics,...
  • Richard
    Aug 18, 2007
    By today's standards, a bog-standard blog. The only reason that this was preserved in the first place is that the author happened to be a Roman emperor. (That, and that ancient Rome didn't have LiveJournal.) The only reason that Meditations is still being published today is that...
  • Evan
    Mar 05, 2009
    Like the Tao Te Ching, this is a collection of short, powerful statements. If only Aurelius had as much humor as Lao Tzu, or as generous a view of life. Still, some of Aurelius's reflections have a cold, wintery beauty about them. Best read as poetry rather than any philosophy to take ...
  • Walter
    Dec 03, 2007
    Another great influence in my life; this was the personal philosophical diary of the last "good emperor" of the Roman Empire. In this work Marcus Aurelius draws a picture Stoicism as a philosophy that I call "Buddhism with balls". It is a harsh self discipline that trains its practitio...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Nov 21, 2017
    Marcus Aurelius (121 ? 180 AD) wrote this material in his own personal journal for his own edification. It was found and published after his death. Marcus was a practitioner of Stoicism and these writings are a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosoph...
  • G.
    Mar 30, 2009
    I view this work as a valuable resource, after all, it's not often one knows the private thoughts of an individual, let alone one of the more successful Roman Emperors. Only occasionally does it feel like the work of a Roman Emperor. Never do we get the feeling that it's written mid ba...
  • Rachel
    Jul 17, 2008
    I give a four to Marcus Aurelius (since he seemed like a pretty fascinating dude but I don't totally agree with him on everything) and a five to translator Gregory Hays for his readable, immediate translation as well as his thoughtful and unpretentious introduction. You can tell he rea...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Sep 22, 2011
    Marcus Aurelius must have been a prolific reader. He sure was a prolific note-taker, for these meditations are surely his study-notes(?- after all he was a 'philosopher' from age 12). I don't know of the publishing system at the time but where are the detailed footnotes and reference...
  • Hadrian
    Aug 02, 2010
    The inner thoughts of a Roman emperor. Profound and for some, inspiring. A mournful, yet strong man, philosopher-king, which we don't see too often anywhere. ...
  • Brad Lyerla
    Oct 06, 2010
    When I was a freshman in college, I lived in a dorm. My roommate was on the football team. He would write inspiring things on poster board and hang them in our room often on the ceiling above his bed to motivate himself. He favored straightforward sentiments like "never give up." Th...
  • Ken Moten
    Sep 27, 2012
    (The edition I read from was translated by Meric Casaubon) "X. These two rules, thou must have always in a readiness. First, do nothing at all, but what reason proceeding from that regal and supreme part, shall for the good and benefit of men, suggest unto thee. And secondly, if any...
  • Ray
    Apr 17, 2015
    Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from AD 161 to 180. His Meditations are a series of notes to self, reflecting his interest and training in philosophy. Reportedly not intended for publication Meditations nonetheless provides a wonderful insight into the mind of a powerful ruler and ti...
  • Amina
    Aug 11, 2015
    My review will be postponed until I go through this book once again, no wonder Marcus Aurelius was one of the greatest roman emperors ever, this book is endless wisdom, and a sea of vertues, you do your best to memorize, you even take notes but you end up willing to read it once more.....
  • فائق منيف
    Oct 09, 2011
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  • Giorgi
    Oct 16, 2011
    Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill. my favorite quotation Stoic philosopher, and a Roman Emperor from 161 to...
  • Maru Kun
    Dec 06, 2013
    Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet, particularly social networking sites: ?...because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary?? He shares...
  • Olivier Delaye
    Oct 31, 2013
    The timeless manual of Stoicism, a philosophy that some will find incredibly useful to help them face life's challenges, while others will find it a little too self-centered and heavy-handed with fate and predestination. Well, to each his own, as they say. Written 1,850 or so years ago...
  • Sawsan
    Nov 13, 2013
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  • Mohamad Almokhllati
    Dec 12, 2016
    This book Has been on my to-read list for a long time. I am glad I have read it. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote the gist of his thoughts and wisdome in several books which later were put in one book and preserved for posterity.It is highly obvious how Marcus was influenced by ...
  • Hirdesh
    Dec 26, 2016
    Greatest Book I've ever read. "What a book is this, I'll kept it with me until my death." Everyone should read it once in a life to know Philosophy Of Life. "The best provision for a happy life is to dissect everything, view its own nature, and divide it into matter and form....
  • Pavle
    Jul 13, 2016
    ?itao sam Aurelijeve Meditacije u onih praznih pet minuta pred neki izlazak, na bajsu u audio formatu, pa i u toaletu (toaletno ?tivo - najbolje ?tivo). Njena fragmentirana (kratki pasusi, ponekad du?ine svega jedne re?enice) gradja za to je i idealna. Zato je malo i potrajalo, al...
  • Phyllis Eisenstadt
    Dec 16, 2015
    THINK ABOUT IT! Never before have I given a five star rating to a book of which I had only read 9%. However, this book is special in many ways, and if the beginning is any indication of the author's thoughts and reflections, it merits this rating. I eagerly await my future readings ...
  • Camille Stein
    Sep 17, 2013
    Aunque debieras vivir tres mil aos y otras tantas veces diez mil, no obstante recuerda que nadie pierde otra vida que la que vive, ni vive otra que la que pierde. En consecuencia, lo ms largo y lo ms corto confluyen en un mismo punto. El presente, en efecto, es ...
  • Tariq Alferis
    Feb 19, 2014
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  • Glenn Russell
    Nov 25, 2014
    In many important ways, the reflections of Marcus Aurelius (121-180) crystallize the philosophical wisdom of the Greco-Roman world. This little book was written as a diary to himself while emperor fighting a war out on the boarder of the Roman Empire and today this book is known to...
  • Foad
    May 06, 2017
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  • Ana Rînceanu
    Sep 17, 2014
    Once in a while I come across a book that makes me aware of a particular fault I have. Whenever I feel someone who is different from me is trying to tell me how to live, I just tend to brush his/her opinions under the rug unless they present a strong, intriguing argument. I got thi...
  • Parthiban Sekar
    Jul 10, 2015
    ?Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.? This little book is the most personal work existent on the surface of the Earth, floating across all continents and countries, in all language, from time to time. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor...
  • Alexandra Petri
    Dec 29, 2014
    This basically consists of Marcus Aurelius repeating, "Get it together, Marcus" to himself over and over again over the course of 12 chapters. SPOILER ALERT: -The time during which you are alive is very very brief compared to the time during which you did not exist and will not ex...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Nov 19, 2016
    ?The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.? After reading this book I realized that there was a wealth of wisdom from some of the greatest minds in history; all I had to do was take the time to meet them through books. ...