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Meditations

By: Marcus Aurelius,Diskin Clay,Martin Hammond
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Richard Armitage, star of Peter Jackson'sThe Hobbit trilogy and also known for his roles in Ocean's 8 and Spooks. This definitive recording is translated with notes by Martin Hammond and an introduction by Diskin Clay. Originally written only for his personal consumption, Marcus Aurelius's Meditations has become a key text in the understanding of Roman Stoic philosophy.   

Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and Aurelius's own emotions. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years.  

Martin Hammond's new translation fully expresses the intimacy and eloquence of the original work, with detailed notes elucidating the text. This edition also includes an introduction by Diskin Clay, exploring the nature and development of the Meditations. Marcus Aelius Aurelius Antoninus (121-80) was adopted by the emperor Antoninus Pius and succeeded him in 161, (as joint emperor with adoptive brother Lucius Verus). He ruled alone from 169, and spent much of his reign in putting down various rebellions, and was a persecutor of Christians. His fame rest, above all, on his Meditations, a series of reflections, strongly influenced by Epictetus, which represent a Stoic outlook on life. He was succeeded by his natural son, thus ending the period of the adoptive emperors.

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an unexpected and memorable Book!

It's a wonderful book! I somehow expected a nearly poetic take on how Marcus Aurelius experienced his life and I was in for an unexpected but very inspirational surprise. the introduction gives us a unique insight into the ara and How the author was regarded. you get a list of his titles he held; even more surprising that he was such a thoughtful and humble Man, who considered the mastery of philosophy the ultimate achievement. and then compare his insights, his meditations, to our current knowledge of Quantum Physics and Universal Laws: he speaks about that Nature is in order, in balance and that it's our souls who create disorder. he speaks about that we are all created from one source and therefore are all connected. we do have proof now that this is true. and his meditations give down-to-earth, simple and effective guidance to a happy life. and the narration of Richard Armitage is a perfect match! his calm, clear and yet passionate voice does wonderfully highlight the depth and wisdom of those meditations. I highly recommend this audible book. It's one I do and will listen to again and again!

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Bad recording

Regular fade-ins ruin the audio and cut out important words. It is disruptive to listening.

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Eye opening guide to tapping into a deep state of mind

The only thing that we really own in this lifetime is our minds and the present moment.

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Great book!!

Beautiful book.
Worth listening few times at regular intervals.
We can learn a lot and start implementing in our lives, at least to some extent!!

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Wisdom for LIFE

I absolutely LOVED this reading of Marcus's meditations, and I am left wishing there was MORE.

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Life changing

You don’t just get the meditations, this is a history lesson, and philosophy lesson - essentially a “way in” to understanding the meaning behind the words. Highly recommend!

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