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 - Jeff Beland - Goodreads
The meditations is a good little book. If you haven't read it it should be on your to read list. When I read it I liked it, but nothing really jumped out at me. Having said that I will say that if everybody follow the advice given in this little book the world would be a better place. Read full review
Review: MeditationsUser Review - Christopherseelie - Goodreads
An excellent little book of "wisdom literature". Some of it reads like Stoic philosophy, some of it like fatherly advice, some of it like a dairy entry, some of it like Buddhist dharma. Not conducive ... Read full review
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