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The following are our featured book excerpts.  Please feel free to browse:

Selections from Meditations:

Books One and Two
Books Three and Four
Books Five and Six
Books Seven and Eight
Books Nine and Ten
Books Eleven and Twelve

 

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome during the second century, A.D.  Legend has it that he wrote the Meditations as notes to himself during the many battle campaigns he led against invaders. 

Far from being warlike, the Meditations (review or buy) take a lofty, spiritual approach to life.  The brotherhood of mankind is emphasized, and the power of a gentle, disciplined mind is extolled. 

The Meditations represent a school of Greek philosophy known as Stoicism - the Stoic ideals involved living a life of honesty, humility, and personal responsibility.  Among the Stoic philosophers, great emphasis was placed on the power of decision and thought.

Marcus Aurelius was known as one of the last great rulers of Rome. He died in the year 180, and his Meditations have been widely published since the middle ages.

The following selections are adaptations based on several translations of the original, particularly George Long's 1862 The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

(Please note: the book selection, linked at "buy the book," above, is the original text, not the SpiritSite.com adaptation.)