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The meditations

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The classics make great graduation gifts. Nearly two thousand years after it was written, Meditations remains profoundly relevant for anyone seeking to lead a meaningful life. Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161-180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus's insights and advice--on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others--have made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago. In Gregory Hays's new translation--the first in thirty-five years--Marcus's thoughts speak with a new immediacy. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. Never before have Marcus's insights been so directly and powerfully presented. With an Introduction that outlines Marcus's life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work's ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the thoughts of one of the most enlightened and intelligent leaders of any era.
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The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121--180) embodied in his person that deeply cherished, ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. His Meditations are not only one of the most important expressions of the Stoic philosophy of his time but also an enduringly inspiring guide to living a good and just life. Written in moments snatched from military campaigns and the rigors of politics, these ethical and spiritual reflections reveal a mind of exceptional clarity and originality, and a spirit attuned to both the particulars of human destiny and the vast patterns that underlie it.

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subject_facet Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Ethics, Ethics -- Early works to 1800, Life, Life -- Early works to 1800, Stoics, Stoics -- Early works to 1800
title_display The meditations
title_full Meditations, Meditations / Marcus Aurelius ; a new translation, with an introduction, by Gregory Hays, Meditations / Marcus Aurelius ; translated by Maxwell Staniforth, Meditations / Marcus Aurelius ; translated with an introduction by Maxwell Staniforth, Meditations / translated and edited by A.S.L. Farquharson, The meditations / by Marcus Aurelius ; the George Long translation, revised and updated
title_short The meditations
topic_facet Conduct of life, Early works to 1800, Ethics, Life, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Stoics