- Hardcover: 108 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Brown (18 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613827148
- ISBN-13: 978-1613827147
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,613,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meditations Hardcover – 18 Jan 2011
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Written in the mid second century by the philosopher Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Meditations presents a noble approach to life. Schooled in the classic tradition, Marcus Aurelius reflects the mature harvest of the Stoic school of philosophy. His philosophy is best summed up by the saying "Do not be too concerned, for tomorrow you die". Lest this sounds too bleak, the awareness of mortality motivates a good, noble and upright life. Since we all die, the best thing is to live nobly and honestly. This is not only the way to live well, but also the way to avoid suffering. Meditations is composed of aphorisms and insights from Marcus Aurelius that allow his philosophy to be lived out.
The translator, Gregory Hays, is assistant professor of classics at the University of Virginia. Hays provides a clearly written introduction in which he explains the philosophical influences on Marcus Aurelius as well as the political and familial pressures he experienced. The translation itself is crisp and lucid. The result is a handsome collection of short exhortations and aphorisms that encourage a noble, if stoical approach to life. Marcus Aurelius always sheds light on life, but that light is always dappled with shadow. There is no hope and little humour in Marcus Aurelius. In the end, his outlook is pessimistic, and he makes one realise how refreshing and unique the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity really are. Nevertheless, Meditations is a cornerstone of the practical philosophy genre and this new translation will make up a vital part of a classic bookshelf. --Dwight Longenecker --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Martin Hammond's translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, like his Iliad and Odyssey, is the work of an unusually gifted translator, and one who understands the value added by careful attention to supplementary material. He writes natural English, direct and often eloquent; the text is well supported by effective notes and a characteristically thorough and well-planned index; Diskin Clay supplies a useful introduction. This is a fine volume (Malcolm Heath Greece & Rome Journal)
Marcus is well served by this new translation. Hammond has a pithy turn of phrase to match the emperor's own . . . His notes abound in helpful explanation and illuminating cross-reference. Diskin Clay contributes a sparkling and sympathetic introduction. The combination of introduction, translation and notes is as good as they get (John Taylor Journal of Classics Teaching) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Always such a pity we haven't got the autobiography of Augustus etc (unless they turn up someday in Ostia or elsewhere)
This book is philosophical logic and pragmatism for life.
As an aside, I also started reading Krishnamurti's 'Think on These Things' at around the same time and I noticed some very interesting parallels between the two philosophies.
Definitely worth reading, whether you are attempting to apply Epictetus' Stoicism or just reading to feel comforted and consoled by an ancient who tried to overcome problems very similar to ours.
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The book looks impressive, but don't judge this edition by its cover. Read more
I was looking for pearls of wisdom that could be used throughout my daily life. Certainly these are there in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Too many sentences to convey a small message.
Language is not simple.
Perhaps expression of wisdom gathered after meditation experience.
Though, as a Roman, his Stoic ideas were derivative, Aurelius expressed them so well his ideas have never gone out of fashion. E being.g. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Harvey