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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: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Live each day as if it were your last.

Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations offers 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 was 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 throughout the centuries.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 2/20/2014

    " He was a clever chap old Marcus and there's a lot of fascinating and thought provoking ideas in this book. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants some food for thought (though you will look like a pretentious goon if you are seen reading it in public). Some of the ideas he brings up do get a bit repetitive but never to a detrimental degree. I would suggest reading this in short chunks just so that every musing receives its due consideration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Mitchell | 2/18/2014

    " I was extraordinarily impressed by the humble and straightforward advice of this former Roman emperor. Firstly, this was more like his own personal diary, so I never felt as if I was being preached too. I thought his words were believable because he is documented to have lived out these principles, unlike Seneca. I generally appreciated the fact that his philosophy wasn't cryptic, but actually made a remarkable amount of sense. I can only speculate that this book will never lose its relevance throughout history. It's an absolutely unique text in the grand scheme of reading, and that's definitely worth something to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eric Smith | 2/14/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read: entertaining, challenging, and captivating, and totally unlike any book I've ever read before. The Man, Marcus, is a stoic and yet he runs the Roman empire at its height. I recommend this book to everyone, it is filled with insights worthy of Oprah, but it its so much more than that. I want to also mention that the Mays translation is great and his ""forward"" is worth the price of the book along. Plus he adds a list of characters in the back and more. This is a GREAT book, so don't miss it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtney Burns | 1/24/2014

    " Thoughtful. There were parts that I agreed with and parts that I didn't and parts that I would like to think more about. I particularly enjoyed chapter 1. I wonder if I might enjoy a different edition more as I found the introduction and notes to be tedious (the notes less so). "

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