Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (click images to enlarge)
pinterest

Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

$6.50
Product prices and availability are accurate as of 2019-03-23 02:20:21 EDT and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on http://www.amazon.com/ at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Description of Meditations from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Meditative Health are happy to offer the excellent Meditations.

With so many on offer these days, it is wise to have a brand you can recognise. The Meditations is certainly that and will be a perfect purchase.

For this price, the Meditations comes widely respected and is always a popular choice amongst many people. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform have added some excellent touches and this means great value for money.

Manufacturer Description

Meditations(literally "thoughts/writings addressed to himself") is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on campaign in Pannonia, because internal notes tell us that the second book was written when he was campaigning against the Quadi on the river Granova (modern-day Hron) and the third book was written at Carnuntum. It is not clear that he ever intended the writings to be published, so the title Meditations is but one of several commonly assigned to the collection. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs.

One measure, perhaps, of a book's worth, is its intergenerational pliancy: do new readers acquire it and interpret it afresh down through the ages? The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translated and introduced by Gregory Hays, by that standard, is very worthwhile, indeed. Hays suggests that its most recent incarnation--as a self-help book--is not only valid, but may be close to the author's intent. The book, which Hays calls, fondly, a "haphazard set of notes," is indicative of the role of philosophy among the ancients in that it is "expected to provide a 'design for living.'" And it does, both aphoristically ("Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly.") and rhetorically ("What is it in ourselves that we should prize?"). Whether these, and other entries ("Enough of this wretched, whining monkey life.") sound life-changing or like entries in a teenager's diary is up to the individual reader, as it should be. Hays's introduction, which sketches the life of Marcus Aurelius (emperor of Rome A.D. 161-180) as well as the basic tenets of stoicism, is accessible and jaunty. --H. O'Billovich