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Read By: Robin Homer Publisher: Author's Republic Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781982750695

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Total Audiobook Chapters:

14

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33:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

10 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

22:10 minutes

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15

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Marcus Aurelius ruled the Roman empire from AD 161-180. He wrote the 12 books of the Meditations as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on campaign in Pannonia, because internal notes tell us that the first book was written when he was campaigning against the Quadi on the river Granova and the second book was written at Carnuntum.

It is unlikely that Marcus Aurelius ever intended the writings to be published and the work has no official title, so "Meditations" is one of several titles commonly assigned to the collection. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs.

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"I've been told Marcus Aurelius' Meditations is a series of dull platitudes. I think, however, that its short, direct, and unpretentious entries are powerful reminders: life is short: "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.""

— Andrew (5 out of 5 stars)

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    " Spent the afternoon reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. The book reads like the citizen's manual for vulcans. Loved it!! I think I'll re-read it a few more times after I'm done with this 100 book challenge (although next time I'll skip all the parts about god.. can't blame Marcus though, since it was written almost two millennia ago). "

    — Lex, 2/9/2014
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    " The translation was less elegant than its english counterpart found on Gutenberg.org. Nevertheless the introductory notes were insightful and interesting. It was also funny to see how Aurelius' philosophy is quite similar to buddhist philosophy and psychology. "

    — Judith, 1/4/2014
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    " Interesting read. Not exactly philosophy, just an Emperor trying to discover what it takes to be a truely good person. Some of the insights are timeless and show how little humans have changed since ancient times, in spite of our scientific and technical advances. "

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    " Kindness, humility, thoughtfulness, a lack of materialism, a positive outlook, a love of learning, and a purposeful, considered life never go out of style. So much of what Marcus Aurelius touches on in The Meditations is still good advice to live by. "

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    " Marcus-Aurelius was the head honcho almost 2000 years ago and he found time to write down a few profound thoughts. The language is a bit bizarre at times but it is most definitely a classic. "

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    " I turned to this book when I was very stressed out, and also examining something called mindfulness, the Buddhist counterpart to Stoicism. Meditations won't offer you behavioral help, but it offers honesty, passion, and should you delve into it yourself with honesty and passion, ataraxia. "

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About Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121–180 CE) was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. Though his reign was threatened by war and disease, he successfully held the empire together and is associated with the Golden Age of Rome. His Meditations has long been considered one of the greatest books of the era and remains a cornerstone of Western philosophical appreciation of Stoicism.