- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470089734
- ISBN-13: 978-1470089733
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.7 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 430 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meditations Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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Very well documented, scientific work.
Deep dive into the thinking of Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius.
The book shows us parallels between the roots of our Western Culture and Buddhism.
With some chewing the book is stuffed with great insights and quotes.
What could have been better:
Lacks consistency in the use of words, labels, ... which creates unnecessary confusion while reading.
The message of the book could have been made more easy with the same effect
In this Penguin Classics edition of 2006, Martin Hammond has given us a fresh new translation from the original Greek, and added copious and detailed notes to help us understand better the texts. There are also three indices; Names, Quotations, and General - which is mostly the various topics (Marcus even wrote about recycling). A super bonus leading us into Hammond's work is a very comprehensive introduction by Diskin Clay giving us the background and life of Marcus in great detail, again with notes, and also an excellent list of references for further reading.
My original copy of Meditations was bought in the late 1960s and being young I found it fascinating, but also very hard going in places partly because of the English and partly because the notes were skimpy. So I did not miss it too much when a friend borrowed it, and then emigrated with my precious hardback. This 2006 edition is streets ahead of my lost copy, with Hammond's new translation in much clearer English, and many more excellently detailed and elucidatory notes.
It is not for general reading. But for a serious academic study of philosophy, or someone wishing to widen the scope of their own mind who also has several weeks to spare for their first tranche, then this deserves the highest recommendation.
Hollywood gave us a melodramatic glimpse of an elderly Marcus, his son Commodus, and the times and environment in Gladiator, but I prefer to believe the much more accurate (if dry) introduction by Clay. The musings and writings of Marcus are all the more remarkable when given this context.
A lesson in life, with some unexpected historical details-who would have have thought that the Roman army had camp beds?
Framed in simple unpretentious language, it is also a very easy read..
Such humility and intensly deep observations.
We can all learn from this on a daily basis.
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