Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote his famous "Meditations" during his campaigns against the barbarian invaders. Composed among the reeds and mists of the swampy Danube, his private journals record the passing thoughts, maxims, and musings on life and death of a sensitive and humble mind trained in the Stoic philosophy which, to a certain extent, anticipated the development of Christianity. Philosophy was both a religion and a guiding force for Marcus Aurelius. His is a transitional phase of thought in Stoic philosophy, where diffidence and willingness to recognize failure have replaced assurance and self-sufficiency. Instead of the Stoic virtue of pride Marcus Aurelius appears to anticipate Christian humility.
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Review: MeditationsUser Review - Aaron Wolfson - Goodreads
The masterwork of Stoicism, the ultimate practical philosophy. Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, lays it down in this collection of memoranda he wrote for his own reference, to remind himself how to ... Read full review
Review: MeditationsUser Review - David - Goodreads
I'm a bit mitigated about this book. First, it's really amazing to read the thoughts of people who lived about 2000 years ago and that are still relevant today. Some key ideas in the Meditations are ... Read full review
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