The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Selections Annotated & Explained

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Selections Annotated & Explained


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The timeless wisdom of an ancient Stoic can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

Stoicism is often portrayed as a cheerless, stiff-upper-lip philosophy of suffering and doom. Yet as experienced through the thoughtful and penetrating writings of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121–180 CE), the Stoic approach to life is surprisingly rich, nuanced, clear-eyed and friendly.

With facing-page commentary that explains the texts for you, Russell McNeil, PhD, guides you through key passages from Aurelius's Meditations , comprised of the emperor’s collected personal journal entries, to uncover the startlingly modern relevance his words have today. From devotion to family and duty to country, to a near-prophetic view of the natural world that aligns with modern physics, Aurelius’s words speak as potently today as they did two millennia ago.

Now you can discover the tenderness, intelligence and honesty of Aurelius’s writings with no previous background in philosophy or the classics. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful and engaging commentary that explains the historical background of Stoicism, as well as the ways this ancient philosophical system can offer psychological and spiritual insight into your contemporary life. You will be encouraged to explore and challenge Aurelius’s ideas of what makes a fulfilling life—and in so doing you may discover new ways of perceiving happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594732362
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: SkyLight Illuminations Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 152,043
Product dimensions: 2.17(w) x 3.35(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

George Long (1800–1879) was a British classical scholar. He held professorships in Greek and Latin at the University of London and the University of Virginia. His translation of Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius was published in 1862 and is considered the gold standard of Aurelius translations.

Russell McNeil, PhD, is a popular lecturer on the classics. He has been a columnist and commentator in newspaper, radio and television, and is founder and Web editor of Malaspina Great Books series, one of the largest Web resources for classic literature. He is a former professor at Malaspina University-College in British Columbia.

Table of Contents


1 The Promise of Stoicism
2 Stoicism and Virtue
3 Stoicism and Vice
4 Stoicism and the Body
5 Stoicism and the Mind
6 The Method of Stoicism
7 Stoicism and the Environment
8 The Practice of Stoicism
9 Society and Government in Stoicism

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ReaderWC More than 1 year ago
Excellent commentary. Makes the Meditations vital for today's reader.