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Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe.

Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions.

But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers through the centuries.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages

    Meditations Reviews

  • Glenn Russell
    Nov 25, 2014

    In many important ways, the reflections of Marcus Aurelius (121-180) crystallize the philosophical wisdom of the Greco-Roman world. This little book was written as a diary to himself while emperor fig...

  • Brad Lyerla
    Oct 06, 2010

    When I was a freshman in college, I lived in a dorm. My roommate was on the football team. He would write inspiring things on poster board and hang them in our room often on the ceiling above his bed ...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Sep 22, 2011

    Marcus Aurelius must have been a prolific reader. He sure was a prolific note-taker, for these meditations are surely his study-notes(?- after all he was a 'philosopher' from age 12). I don't know of ...

  • Foad
    May 06, 2017

    جداى از جملات فراوانى ش كه به فكرم فرو برد - و جملات فراوانى كه حوصله م رو سر برد - يه خاطره ى ويژه هم با اين كتاب ...

  • Phyllis Eisenstadt
    Dec 16, 2015

    THINK ABOUT IT!Never before have I given a five star rating to a book of which I had only read 9%. However, this book is special in many ways, and if the beginning is any indication of the author's th...

  • Maru Kun
    Dec 06, 2013

    Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet, particularly social networking sites:“...because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time and...

  • Walter
    Dec 03, 2007

    Another great influence in my life; this was the personal philosophical diary of the last "good emperor" of the Roman Empire. In this work Marcus Aurelius draws a picture Stoicism as a philosophy that...

  • Ahsan
    May 22, 2009

    Dear Marcus, wherever you rest, I pray that you rest in peace. Thank you.Update: after I wrote the above line, I tried to find out where Aurelius was really buried and it seems that his ashes used to ...

  • Camille Stein
    Sep 17, 2013

    Aunque debieras vivir tres mil años y otras tantas veces diez mil, no obstante recuerda que nadie pierde otra vida que la que vive, ni vive otra que la que pierde. En consecuencia, lo más largo y lo...

  • Evan
    Mar 05, 2009

    Like the Tao Te Ching, this is a collection of short, powerful statements. If only Aurelius had as much humor as Lao Tzu, or as generous a view of life. Still, some of Aurelius's reflections have a co...

About Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (often referred to as "the wise") was Emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 to his death in 180. He was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the more important Stoic philosophers. His two decades as emperor were marked by near continual warfare. He was faced with a series of invasions from German tribes, and by conflicts with the Par