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This book is a clear and concise introduction to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. His one major surviving work, often titled ‘meditations' but literally translated simply as ‘to himself', is a series of short, sometimes enigmatic reflections divided seemingly arbitrarily into twelve books and apparently written only to be read by him. For these reasons Marcus iThis book is a clear and concise introduction to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. His one major surviving work, often titled ‘meditations' but literally translated simply as ‘to himself', is a series of short, sometimes enigmatic reflections divided seemingly arbitrarily into twelve books and apparently written only to be read by him. For these reasons Marcus is a particularly difficult thinker to understand. His musings, framed as ‘notes to self' or ‘memoranda', are the exhortations of an earnest, conscientious Stoic burdened with the onerous responsibilities of ruling an entire, enormous empire.William O. Stephens lucidly sketches Marcus Aurelius' upbringing, family relations, rise to the throne, military campaigns, and legacy, situating his philosophy amidst his life and times, explicating the factors shaping Marcus' philosophy, and clarifying key themes in the Memoranda. Specifically designed to meet the needs of students seeking a thorough understanding of this key figure and his major work, Marcus Aurelius: A Guide for the Perplexed is the ideal guide for understanding this Stoic author - the only philosopher who was also an emperor....

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ISBN : 9781441125613
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Marcus Aurelius: A Guide for the Perplexed Reviews

  • Simon
    2019-03-16 03:16

    Insightful overview of Aurelius’ Meditations including some background of his life an intellectual influences (mostly Heraclitus and Epictetus), therefore mostly about his stoic views. Well written. Sometimes a bit too much repeating of the same, but overall a great read.

  • Jack Oughton
    2019-03-18 00:57

    The best book on Marcus Aurelius I have read yet. Lots of interesting backstory about his life, as well as a useful analysis and commentary on his meditations.

  • Terrifying of Goats
    2019-02-26 02:21

    Lucid, well researched, but not overbearing or exhaustive (unlike the two biographies of Marcus Aurelius floating about), this is an approach able book that balances discussions of philosophy against biographical information.While the philosophical discussion will leave anyone with an academic philosophical background underwhelmed, it's excellently pitched to those new to the subject.

  • Michał
    2019-03-01 20:57

    Excellent introduction for stoicism.

  • William O.
    2019-03-14 19:57