Meditations

  • by Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by Duncan Steen
  • 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.
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A matter of life and death.

It's amazing to think that Marcus Aurelius was wiser 2000 years ago than most of are today.

I listened to this while I was waiting for news regarding a life threatening disease.

It calmed me.

It helped me realise that whatever happens will be ok.

It is difficult to keep concentrating on the words all of the time but that does not matter because the important things are repeated in many different ways.

It is stoicism in the extreme.

But I like that.

It certainly helps one to keep ones feet on the ground.

And all that coming from a Roman Emperor.

Amazing.
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- Paschal

Important text on self-reflection and improvement

Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

I would. It is one of those books that you don't just listen to once, or listen to in one sitting. Because the structure of the book is the multiple self-reflections of Aurelius, you can dip in and out. Listen to 3 minutes and you will get something to think about for the next 3 hours. If you are 'seasoning' this book, you are doing it wrong. Reflect on his reflections!

Aurelius constantly stresses the importance of acting in the most stoic way, how to improve yourself and those around you without being dominating nor imposing. The great little gems of knowledge are interspersed with some comments on the science / worldview of the time, which makes it a nice historic account and truly set in its time. Nonetheless, the importance of a stoic attitude to life is still relevant today.

Without a doubt it is one of the important texts in history about being a good human being.


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- James Riley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks