by Marcus Aurelius, Diskin Clay, Martin Hammond
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Originally only writes for his personal consumption, meditations of Marcus Aurelius became a key text in understanding the philosophy of the Stoic Romanesque.This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes by Martin Hammond and an introduction by Diskin Clay.Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, Marcus Aurelius’ meditations offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed that the leader of the evil to understand himself and give meaning to the universe.Extending from doubt and despair to the declaration of guilt and exaltation, they cover various subjects such as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of gods and the emotions of Marcus Aurelius.But while the meditations were composed to offer personal consolation, developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all philosophical works: a series of wise and practical aphorisms which were consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for nearly two thousand years.New translation of Martin Hammond fully expresses the intimacy and eloquence of the original work, with detailed notes, elucidate the text.This edition also includes an introduction by Clay Diskin, discovery of nature and the development of meditation, a chronology, complementary readings and complete indexes.Marcus Aelius Aurelius Antoninus (121-80) was adopted by the emperor Antoninus Pius and succeeded him in 161, (as common emperor with adoptive brother Lucius Verus)He reigned alone for 169 years and passed much of his reign by posing various rebellions and was a persecutor of Christians.His fame rests, above all, on his meditations, a series of reflections, strongly influenced by Epictetus, which represent a stoic view of life.He was replaced by his natural son, putting an end to the period of adoptive emperors.If you liked meditations, you might like Seneca’s letters from a Stoic, also available in Penguin Classics.
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