My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 quite 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 quotient.
I am being needlessly caustic of course(do note my rating above). The book is quotable 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.
- Marcus Aurelius on Overcoming Anger and Developing Empathy (philosophy-of-cbt.com)
- Action with a “Reserve Clause” in Marcus Aurelius (philosophy-of-cbt.com)
- Book 7 of 73: MEDITATIONS by Marcus Aurelius (beautiful-absurdity.com)
- Marcus Aurelius becomes Emperor of Rome (vamadevananda.wordpress.com)
- Roger Michelson’s Today In History (3/7/2013) (sandiateaparty.com)
- Think on this doctrine (thinetheglory.wordpress.com)
- Strength (turntoday.wordpress.com)