The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: a study

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Oxford University Press, Sep 28, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
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Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180 A.D., is renowned for his just rule and long frontier wars. But his lasting fame rests on his Meditations, a bedside book of reflections and self-admonitions written during his last years, that provide unique insights into the mind of an ancient ruler and contain many passages of pungent epigram and poetic imagery. This study is designed to make the Meditations more accessible to the modern reader. Rutherford carefully explains the historical and philosophical background, charts the main themes and tendencies of Marcus's thought, and relates stylistic detail to the intellectual and moral outlook of the author. His goal is to define Marcus's aims, attitudes, and styles more precisely and restore his work to the position it held in the past, that of a spiritual classic which can be read and enjoyed by people who are not professional scholars.

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An excellent analysis of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, that helped me make sense of Marcus' thought. Rutherford covers such subjects as the literary and philosophic background to the Meditations and ... Read full review

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Contents

THE FORM AND FUNCTION OF THE MEDITATIONS I
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LITERARY AND CULTURAL
48
AN ETHICAL SELFPORTRAIT
90
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Richard Rutherford is Tutor in Greek and Latin Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature.

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