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Reflects the Stoic virtues that lead to a happy life: Self-mastery, moral strength, duty to oneself and others, detachment, and acceptance of the will of God and the way of Nature.

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Marcus Aurelius was not only well known as a Roman Emperor, but a Stoic Philosopher also. He was an educated man who found himself in a world at war. He believed in doing his duty and defending the empire against German invasion, but he would really have wanted to be able to devote his life to study.

The Meditations (167 A.D.) were written in the cramped quarters of a Roman army camp.

"Here, for our age, is [Marcus's] great work presented in its entirety, strongly introduced and freshly, elegantly translated."       ~Robert Fagles


"Revere the Gods, save mankind. Life is short. This only is the harvest of earthly existence, a righteous disposition and social acts."


M. Aurelius was educated by the orator Fronto, but turned aside from rhetoric to the study of the Stoic philosophy, of which he was the last distinguished representative. The Meditations, which he wrote in Greek, are among the most noteworthy expressions of this system, and exhibit it favorably on its practical side. His own precepts he carried out with singular consistency; and both in his public and his private life he was in the highest degree conscientious.

He and his predecessor are noted as the only Roman emperors who can be said to have ruled with a single eye to the welfare of their subjects.

Author Aurelius, Marcus
Translator Staniforth, Maxwell
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 188 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1964
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