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DOWNLOAD è Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν Þ Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher without any intention of publication the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the univeNt Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy a timeless collection that has been consulted and admired by statesmen thinkers and readers throughout the centuries. It's of course completely ridiculous to rate a nearly 2000 year old journal by a Roman emperor who never intended it to be read As a book experience the repetition of Aurelius's thoughts can be frustrating the excellent introduction in this volume provides context for it and for the concept of stoicism but I found his challenges his every day worries remarkably human When they're good they're incredibleAt dawn when you have trouble getting out of bed tell yourself 'I have to go to work as a human being What do I have to complain of if I'm going to do what I was born for the things I was brought into the world to do Or is this what I was created for T huddle under the blankets and stay warm' But it's nicer hereSo you were born to feel 'nice' Instead of doing things and experiencing them Don't you see the plants the birds the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks putting the world in order as best they can And you're not willing to do your job as a human being Why aren't you running to do what your nature demands


Flections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe While the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encourageme. Marcus Aurelius must have been a prolific reader He sure was a prolific note taker for these meditations are surely his study notes after all he was a 'philosopher' from age 12 I don't know of the publishing system at the time but where are the detailed footnotes and references Marcus Aurelius is uite a wise man or at least he read enough wise men He sure nailed it as far as boring a reader is concerned No better way to establish your book's wisdom uotientI am being needlessly caustic of coursedo note my rating above The book is uotable in almost every page and is good to dip in to now and then you might well find an aphorism that fits the mood just right every time And that is why the book is a classic and so well loved Don't read it as a scholar you will end up like this reviewer As I said earlier He is like the wisdom of ages Aargh Not that it is all bad it is like reading an old uncles's notes after he has been preaching to you all your life Good that I am a stoic too All ills are imaginary Yes Or perhaps it was easier to be a Stoic while stoned The emperor was a notorious opium user starting each day even while on military campaigns by downing a nubbin of the stuff dissolved in his morning cup of wine

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Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόνWritten in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher without any intention of publication the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual re. In many important ways the reflections of Marcus Aurelius 121 180 crystallize the philosophical wisdom of the Greco Roman world This little book was written as a diary to himself while emperor fighting a war out on the boarder of the Roman Empire and today this book is known to us as The MeditationsThe Roman philosophers are not as well known or as highly regarded as Greek philosophers such as Plato Aristotle Epicurus or Zeno the Stoic and for a simple reason the Roman thinkers were not primarily interested in abstract theory; rather they were concerned with behavior that is understanding how to live in the everyday world and putting their understanding into practice; the goal being to live the life of an authentic philosopher to be a person of high character and integrity to develop inner strength and a uiet mind and value such strength and uietude above all else Indeed to accomplish such a lofty goal the Romans realized the need for radical transformation a complete overhauling of one's life through rigorous mental and physical training like turning base metal into pure gold And once a person takes on the role of a philosopher their deeds must reflect their words no hypocrisy thank you Thus it isn't surprising the Romans put a premium on memorizing and internalizing simple proverbs and maxims and employed the metaphor of philosophy as the medicine to cure a sick soulTurning now to Marcus Aurelius we can appreciate how he imbibed the wisdom not only from the Stoics along with Seneca and Epictetus Marcus is considered one of the three major Roman Stoics but he was also willing to learn from the schools of Epicurus Plato and Aristotle In the Greco Roman world being eclectic was perfectly acceptable; truth was valued over who said whatWe find several recurring themes in The Meditations develop self discipline to gain control over judgments and desires; overcoming a fear of death; value an ability to retreat into a rich interior mental life one's inner citadel; recognize the world as a manifestation of the divine; live according to reason; avoid luxury and opulence But generalizations will not approach the richness and wisdom nuggets a reader will find in Marcus's actual words Thus I conclude with my personal observations coupled with uotes from Book One wherein Marcus begins by expressing heartfelt thanks to his family and teachers for the many fine lessons he learned as a youth Here are four of my favoritesNot to have freuented public schools and to have had good teachers at home After my own nasty experience with the mindless competition and regimentation of public schools I wish I had Marcus's good fortune of excellent home schoolingNot to meddle with other people's affairs and not to be ready to listen to slander I didn't need a teacher here; I recognized on my own at an early age that gossip is a colossal waste of time and energy both listening to gossip and spreading gossip I can't imagine a clearer indication of a base coarse mind than someone inclined to gossip and slandering othersTo read carefully and not to be satisfied with a superficial understanding of a book How true Reading isn't a race to get to the last page; matter of fact I agree with Jorge Luis Borges that focused precise rereading is the key to opening oneself to the wisdom of a bookTo be satisfied on all occasions and be cheerful I'm never in a hurry Life is too beautiful to be in a hurry For me there is only one way to live each day in joy and free from anxiety and worry In a sense all of the meditations of Marcus Aurelius amplify this simple view of lifeI've written this review as an encouragement to make Marcus Aurelius a part of your life You might not agree with everything he has to say but you have to admit Marcus has a really cool beard and head of hair