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Meditations (Penguin Classics)
Consigned to notebooks by one of Rome's last great emperors, Meditations contains the blood and fire of Stoic philosophy. It has been a favorite for many ages and graced the bedside of kings and laity alike.
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A new translation of the philosophical journey that has inspired luminaries from Matthew Arnold to Bill Clinton
Written by an intellectual Roman emperor, the Meditations offer a wide range of spiritual reflections developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and the universe. Marcus Aurelius covers topics as diverse as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods, and his own emotions, spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation.
* Includes an introduction, chronology, explanatory notes, general index, index of quotations, and index of names
Notes on the Roman philosopher's life and the relations between Stoicism and Christianity preface a modern translation of the journal.
About the Author
'Marcus Aelius Aurelius Antoninus (121 &180) became joint emperor in 161 with adoptive brother Lucius Verus, and ruled alone from 169.
Diskin Clay is professor of classical studies at Duke University.
Martin Hammond is headmaster of the Tonbridge School and has translated Homer\'s Iliad for Penguin Classics.'
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