Penguin Classics Meditations

byMarcus AureliusTranslated byMaxwell Stainforth

January 1, 1964|
Penguin Classics Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote his famous "Meditations" during his campaigns against the barbarian invaders. Composed among the reeds and mists of the swampy Danube, his private journals record the passing thoughts, maxims, and musings on life and death of a sensitive and humble mind trained in the Stoic philosophy which, to a certain extent, anticipated the development of Christianity. Philosophy was both a religion and a guiding force for Marcus Aurelius. His is a transitional phase of thought in Stoic philosophy, where diffidence and willingness to recognize failure have replaced assurance and self-sufficiency. Instead of the Stoic virtue of pride Marcus Aurelius appears to anticipate Christian humility.
Born in Rome, in 121, Marcus Aurelius was one of the most respected emperors in Roman history. When he was 17, Aurelius was adopted by emperor Antonius Pius and succeeded him in A.D. 161. He ruled jointly with his adoptive brother, Lucius Verus, until 169, when he became sole emperor after Verus died. Although Aurelius was a humanitari...
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Title:Penguin Classics Meditations
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:192 pages, 7.76 X 5.3 X 0.46 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 7.76 X 5.3 X 0.46 in
Published:January 1, 1964
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780140441406

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