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Meditations

Author: Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Martin Hammond; Diskin Clay
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2014.
Series: Penguin classics.
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Originally written only for his personal consumption, Marcus Aurelius's Meditations has become a key text in the understanding of Roman Stoic philosophy. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes by Martin Hammond and an introduction by Diskin Clay. Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Martin Hammond; Diskin Clay
ISBN: 9780141395869 0141395869
OCLC Number: 885007401
Description: lxi, 351 pages ; 17 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Meditations.
Responsibility: Marcus Aurelius ; translated and with notes by Martin Hammond ; with an introduction by Diskin Clay.
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Offers a range of spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. This book covers diverse topics such as the question of  Read more...

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