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The inner citadel : the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Author: Pierre Hadot; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius" are treasured today--as they have been over the centuries--as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy. Yet the clarity and ease of the work's style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent historian of ancient thought, uncovers new levels  Read more...
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Named Person: Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Kaiser) Mark Aurel (Römisches Reich; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Hadot; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome
ISBN: 0674461711 9780674461710 9780674007079 0674007077
OCLC Number: 37935277
Language Note: Translted from French.
Description: x, 351 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The emperor-philosopher --
2. A first glimpse of the Meditations --
3. The Meditations as spiritual exercises --
4. The philosopher-slave and the emperor-philosopher --
5. The stoicism of Epictetus --
6. The inner citadel, or the discipline of assent --
7. The discipline of desire, or Amor Fati --
8. The discipline of action, or action in the service of mankind --
9. Virtue and joy --
10. Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations.
Other Titles: Citadelle intérieure.
Responsibility: Pierre Hadot ; translated by Michael Chase.

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