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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Aurelius Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 C.E. to his death in 180 C.E. He was destined to be a leader, having beeen born into a prominent family - one related by blood and marriage to rulers and bankers. During his era, Romans who inherited power and vast fortunes were expected to set an example.

Marcus shouldered his responsibilities with a clear sense of honor. He was history's first ombudsman, and if his role as a legislator or conqueror was not great, he did set high standards for emulation. Written in the form of confessions, his meditations provide a window into his insights on duty, virtue, and humility. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important stoic philosophers.

The Meditations, written on campaign between 170 and 180 C.E., is still revered as a literary monument to a government of service and duty, and it has been praised for its exquisite accent and its infinite tenderness. In fact, John Stuart Mill, in his Utility of Religion, compared The Meditations to the Sermon on the Mount. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lex | 2/9/2014

    " 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). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Reeves | 1/31/2014

    " My personal Bible. I keep it handy at all times. What's cooler than a Roman Emperor who focuses on virtue rather than material/physcial rewards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Wright | 1/24/2014

    " Filled with great life lessons. This book is a must read for living a productive healthy life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Umair Miraj | 1/16/2014

    " This is a life changing book and I'm only on the fourth book currently. Absolute treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 1/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamest. | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mike | 12/16/2013

    " see where Shakespeare stole some of his best lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/13/2013

    " 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." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milo | 12/10/2013

    " Very Insightful, very easy read, easy to follow. This is the book i pick up when i'm down, read and it lifts up my spirits..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Euny | 11/11/2013

    " a book i will keep reading my whole life - insightful, beautiful, elegant, wise and honest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter J. | 11/4/2013

    " The stoics always write well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Butz | 10/17/2013

    " This should be mandatory reading in all Junior High Schools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Robbeson | 10/15/2013

    " This is a book every person should read. It is easy to understand and the advice is applicable today as it was 1600 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 8/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Johnson | 11/5/2012

    " I don't know that anything has informed my thinking more than this - really. I'll write a proper review, but for now, I can't say anything more than this gets my highest recommendations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wm | 10/17/2012

    " I re-read portions of this regularly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wasabi | 5/23/2012

    " Not only a killing machine for an empire but a thoughtful poet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Kouba | 4/9/2012

    " Marcus is always close by when it's time to fall asleep. Best translation of a great journal available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 4/1/2012

    " I had so many passages circled, underlined, highlighted...this was the best book I've ever read for a college course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 manwithoutqualities | 11/1/2011

    " Slim volume that should be in every hotel room to replace the Gideon bible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Kadet | 10/27/2011

    " This guy is no fun at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dakur | 5/17/2011

    " Dude was a legend. Stoic wisdom for winners. Kind of like a religious text in the sense that you don't ever really "finish" reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 4/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 4/19/2011

    " Perhaps it's my lazy scientific brain, but this is one of the few philosophically-inclined books that interests me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/17/2011

    " I don't know that anything has informed my thinking more than this - really. I'll write a proper review, but for now, I can't say anything more than this gets my highest recommendations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bhargavi | 4/12/2011

    " One of my absolute favorite reflections. "

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    " I read this book daily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrewhickey | 3/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ezra | 3/23/2011

    " General Bunting calls this "the book" about leadership. I concur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 3/23/2011

    " A non-linear read. Full of great quotes and deep thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith PJ | 3/15/2011

    " Very important read for thoughtful intelligent people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/27/2011

    " Stoicisms, Aristolian thoughts, accordance with nature, the last of the five great emporior kings. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 1/31/2011

    " A healthy way of living that maybe I'll attempt one day. "

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Author Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (AD 121–180) 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.