The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: A Study: Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius

Paperback | November 1, 1990

byR. B. Rutherford

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Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from AD 161 to 180, is renowned for his just rule at home and for his long frontier wars. But his lasting claim to fame rests on the work known as the Meditations - a bedside book of reflections and self-admonitions composed in Greek (the language of philosophy)during his last years and partly while on campaign. These sparse notes, intended for the author's eyes alone, give unique access to the mind of an ancient ruler; they also contain many passages of pungent epigram and poetic imagery. In this study, Dr Rutherford seeks to make the Meditations moreapproachable to the modern reader by explaining the historical and philosophical background, charting the main themes and tendencies of Marcus' thought, and relating stylistic detail to the intellectual and moral outlook of the author.

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Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from AD 161 to 180, is renowned for his just rule at home and for his long frontier wars. But his lasting claim to fame rests on the work known as the Meditations - a bedside book of reflections and self-admonitions composed in Greek (the language of philosophy)during his last years and partly while on ca...

R. B. Rutherford is at Christ Church, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'This fine and highly learned study will without doubt and deservedly be the standard-work on the subject for many years to come ... R., in his striving for revealing the richness of Marcus' Meditations, has produced an extremely varied and rich monograph himself, which will render goodservice to a broad range of classical studies.'Paul M.M. Leunissen, Mnemosyne, Vol. XLV, Fasc. 1 (1992)