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The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Mark Forstater , Derek Jacobi
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9 July 2001
Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome from 161 AD until his death in 180, during which time he witnessed the gradual crumbling of the Roman frontiers, as well as famines and plagues. He became interested in philosophy and, while staying in the Danube region, wrote down a series of reflections now known as the MEDITATIONS, which reveal a mind of great humanity and natural humility.
Like the Eastern philosophy/religions of Taoism or Buddhism it is a philosophy that is practised rather than speculated upon. The bulk of the teaching is about our moral values, our involvement with our fellow men and the state, and above all the ideal of living in accord with nature.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184032340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840323405
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,789,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abraham Lincoln claimed that the best way to test a man's character is to give him power. Surely Marcus Aurelius' golden reign over the Roman Empire from 161 to 180 AD was such a test. Although this highly educated pagan despised wars and battles, "barbarian" tribes constantly besieged his empire on the Asian and German borders. As a result, he spent eight miserable winters camped by the frozen Danube River acting as commander-in-chief over his triumphant armies. During those gloomy nights he penned many of the meditations that appear in this excellent translation.

The lack of arrogance or self-pity in his ruminations offers proof that Aurelius passed the test of character with flying colours. Furthermore, the best way to test a person's writing is to give it time. Once again, Aurelius demolished the test. For example, contemporary world leaders would do well to heed the advice under the heading "Talking and Being" where he writes, "Stop talking about what the good person should be, and just be that person." Most of these quotes are similarly brief as he extols the virtues of working hard, not acting impulsively, and living in communion with the natural world. Like Thich Nhat Hanh or Kahlil Gibran, this is an accessible writer of lasting spiritual integrity. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Forstater is a producer of films and television documentaries. His most famous production is Monty Python and The Holy Grail. An American, he lives and works in London. He is married with three daughters.

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A real masterpiece for all listeners whether spiritual or cynical .The delicious observations of Marcus Aurelius constantly leave a broad smile of acknowledgement across your face. The choice of Derek Jacobi was a piece of sheer magic.His voice has a quality which perfectly complements the content and wisdom of the material and together they combine to produce an effect which-even for those who care little for contemplation- re-asserts all the things we've learned from the University of Life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book 28 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Marcus Aurelius' teachings are s relevant now as when they were written over two thousand years ago. If you want to get a fresh handle on your life then get ino the pages of this beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to dip into 11 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
Excellent condition, quick delivery. Full marks. A useful, brief canter through the field of Greek philosophy and an excellent presentation of the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 8 Dec 2013
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Marcus Aurelius always impressed me with the very logical way of thinking of every days life. Factual approach to some issue help a lot on understanding everyday issues.
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