Marcus Aurelius Quotes (Author of Meditations)
The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Antoninus/Commentary on Book 2
One of the most respected Roman emperors, Marcus Aurelius is best remembered for his rule driven by reason and his intellectual interest in Stoicism — a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic. In brief, Stoicism teaches us that by self-restraint, people can develop clear judgment and inner calm. It also emphasizes the fact that the path to happiness is accepting the present moment as it is. Influenced by Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius has written one of the greatest works of philosophy — Meditations. This series of personal writings consists of 12 books and is filled with personal notes and ideas on Stoicism.
In that case the present Book will have been composed in the anxious months of the campaign in Moravia, the most striking incident of which was the famous battle connected in Christian legend with the Thundering Legion. Amid like conditions of doubtful warfare Frederick the Great wrote his poem Le Stoicien , under the inspiration of Marcus. This and Book iii are remarkably alike in matter and manner; they resemble most nearly Book xii, and I have sometimes thought that ii, iii, and xii were the original draft out of which the whole Meditations later grew. In particular the doctrine of the indwelling Genius or Divinity, so prominent in Books ii and iii, recurs but rarely until we pass to Book xii. The date of the miraculous victory over the Quadi is most likely to be a.
This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer a simple DMCA procedure to remove your content from our site. Start by pressing the button below! Meditations Home Meditations. At first he was called Marcus Annius Verus, but his well-born father died young and he was adopted, first by his grandfather, who had him educated by a number of excellent tutors, and then, when he was sixteen, by Aurelius Antoninus, his uncle by marriage, who had been adopted as Hadrian's heir, and had no surviving sons of his own. Aurelius Antoninus changed Marcus' name to his own and betrothed him to his daughter, Faustina. She bore fourteen children, but none of the sons survived Marcus except the worthless Commodus, who eventually succeeded Marcus as emperor.
Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek  as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on campaign in Pannonia , because internal notes tell us that the first book was written when he was campaigning against the Quadi on the river Granova modern-day Hron and the second book was written at Carnuntum.
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Sometimes inspiration strikes us the most unlikely moments. Other times the opposite of what you expect happens, and that turns out to be for the best. Bad events lead to good outcomes. In my own personal history, I got beat up at school one day , a bad event, but it led me to the martial arts and my passion for it, a good outcome. In the history of science often someone will make an advance in one area while working or studying something completely different. Such is the case with my personal hero. He is considered the last good Emperor of the Golden age, and he has been popularized in films such as Gladiator.
Do you ever contemplate the many facets of your existence? Do they add value to your life, and you to theirs? What kind of value? Are you conscious of how they might be influencing you? Do you ever choose to write down the fruits of your contemplations? Do you ever harness the flow of your thoughts to a page with no particular end in mind?