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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic reflections on life and right conduct
This is an excellent pocket edition of one of the most famous and enduring works of classical philosophy. The 200 pages of text are divided into twelve books; each book consists of a series of musings or reminders to himself jotted down by the author perhaps over the course of ten years. Together they form a practical manual of self-conduct and a guide to dealing with...
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Paul Bowes

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2.0 out of 5 stars As read by noted stoic Bill Clinton
I want to get a copy of Meditations that looks nice. I had a look at this in Waterstones; the cover is quite nice, but it's a bit too small, like a pocket sized American self-help book. The blurb promotes it 'as read by Bill Clinton' as if that was a)a good thing, and b)not laughable. I didn't like the translation which was very stilted, as if to make it sound gnomic and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic reflections on life and right conduct, 29 Jun 2012
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Paul Bowes (Wales, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent pocket edition of one of the most famous and enduring works of classical philosophy. The 200 pages of text are divided into twelve books; each book consists of a series of musings or reminders to himself jotted down by the author perhaps over the course of ten years. Together they form a practical manual of self-conduct and a guide to dealing with others and the world that in many respects has simply not dated. The excellent translation (2003) by Gregory Hays gives us a Marcus Aurelius unobscured by old-fashioned English, and catches his tone perfectly: direct, unaffected, penetrating, stoical.

This Phoenix edition is genuinely pocket-sized. The reader who wants to know more will have to look elsewhere - there are no notes, and no bibliography or index. But these are not necessary to a first reading of the 'Meditations', one of the most lucid and readable books that has come down to us from the Roman period.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great translation, annoyed with publisher., 18 Mar 2013
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Marshall Thompson (Baton Rouge, LA) - See all my reviews
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Meditations is really just a great book. Gregory Hays is also a fantastic translator. His writing stays very lucid throughout and keeps things pretty straightforward.

However, the publisher, Phoenix, has left out all of the notes that Gregory Hays uses to clarify things throughout the text. This is EXTREMELY annoying. Why would you do this?

Regardless, I am looking forward to perusing this book during my travels. I suppose I will just have to eventually buy a different copy to get those notes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK FROM A RARE, SELDOM "WISE" ROMAN EMPEROR, 23 July 2003
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alaskadoggie (Boom (near Antwerp), BELGIUM) - See all my reviews
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Marcus Aurelius, the emperor-philosopher, ruled the immense Roman Empire from 161 untill 180. He is the last representative of the Stoa. In this book, also known by the name "Diaries of M.A.", written between 170 and 180 in his army camp, he reflects about his ideals and his doubts. In his meditations one can (constantly) very well distinguish the ideas of a living human being, a man ... ruled by the universe of the divine providence, where all men live as fellow citizens of the gods. With far more warmth than one may expect from a stoic, Marcus Aurelius emphasizes the social "duties" and the feelings of solidarity that originate of them.
Another ever-recurring motive is the personal liberty, freedom of the individual. This is quite normal because ALL DEPENDS on our judgments (in the sense of 'impression') of the circumstances. Very often WE SUFFER FAR MORE OF OUR JUDGMENT of something or of a situation that we consider "terrible", THAN OF THE SUBJECT ITSELF !! For example a poor constitution (of the body) and other adversities cannot/could NOT HAVE influence our own inner compass...
Top of the shelf literature, STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to ALL OF YOU!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sep 2014
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It's amazing how thoughts and problems of people are staying the same independent of the times and social status
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book in the world, 1 Dec 2014
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Arrived on time, as described. My favourite book in the world. Delighted. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant for 2014 and beyond, 10 Sep 2014
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Still relevant after all those centuries.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, 29 Sep 2014
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Love it, fantastic and inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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Frank Kemp (Bannockburn, Stirlingshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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would do business again
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate, buy it and read it!, 30 July 2014
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Wouldn't it be great if this was on every school's reading list. If you're looking for something to boost your nice cells or help you tweek your perspective on the world, this is it. Read it, it's worth every second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Nov 2014
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All good
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