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The Meditations of Marcus Auerlius - Selections Annotated & Explained - cover

The Meditations of Marcus Auerlius - Selections Annotated & Explained

PhD McNeil

Translator George Long

Publisher: SkyLight Paths

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Summary

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.

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