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The Essential Marcus Aurelius

The Essential Marcus Aurelius( )
Author: Aurelius, Marcus
Piazza, John P.
Needleman, Jacob
Piazza, John
Series title:Tarcher Cornerstone Editions Ser.
ISBN:978-1-58542-617-1
Publication Date:Apr 2008
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Tarcher
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $16.99
Book Description:

This inaugural - and all new - Tarcher Cornerstone Edition presents a stunningly relevant and reliable translation of the thoughts and aphorisms of the Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, properly placing the philosopher-king's writings within the vein of the world's great religious and ethical traditions. The late antique world possessed no voice like that of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE). His private meditations on what constitutes a good life have...
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Book Details
Pages:144
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
Philosophy / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.7 x 18 x 1 cm
Book Weight:0.12 Kilograms
Author Biography
Aurelius, Marcus (Author)
Born in Rome, in 121, Marcus Aurelius was one of the most respected emperors in Roman history. When he was 17, Aurelius was adopted by emperor Antonius Pius and succeeded him in A.D. 161. He ruled jointly with his adoptive brother, Lucius Verus, until 169, when he became sole emperor after Verus died. Although Aurelius was a humanitarian ruler, he accepted the view that Christians were the enemies of Rome.

Aurelius was dovoted to the Stoic philosophy. Meditations, his spiritual reflections, is considered a classic work of stoicism. Written in Greek, the work comprises of twelve books and records his innermost thoughts. Meditations is his only surviving work.

Aurelius died in 180 while prosecuting war against the Marcomanni who lived along the northern limits of the Roman Empire. After his death Aurelius was idealized as the perfect emperor whose reign contrasted sharply with the disastrous period before him and the reigns that followed.

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