Marcus Aurelius & Stoicism links
- Avete omnes! Garummm omnibus salutem dicit. (Greetings, y'all!)
My apologies for missing the last Tacitus chat -- events came up.
My personal favorite Aurelius is the George Long translation (available in
hard copy and public domain on the web).
As I promised Irene, here is some information on a book I recently
purchased, for comparison. This one is (IMHO) a good starting point for
anyone with no background in philosophy in general, or Stoicism in
particular. Note that it is "selections" and does not include the entire
text of the Meditations:
TITLE: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Selections annotated and
AUTHOR: Russell McNeill
PUBLISHER: Skylight Paths Publishing, Woodstock (Vermont, USA)
BACK COVER BLURB (not on Amazon link below):
"The timeless wisdom of an ancient Stoic can become a companion for your own
Stoicism is often portrayed as a cheerless, stiff-upper-lip philosophy of
suffering and doom. Yet as experienced trhough the thoughtful and
penetrating writings of roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 CE), the
Stoic approach to life is surprisingly rich, nuanced, clear-eyed and
With facing-page commentary that explains the texts for you, Russell McNeil,
PhD, guides you through key passages from Aurelius's *Meditations*,
comprised of the emperor's collected personal journal entries, to uncover
the startlingly modern relevance his words have today. From devotion to
family and duty to country, to a near-prophetic view of the natural world
that aligns with modern physics, Aurelius's words speak as potently today as
they did two millennia ago.
Now you can *discover the tenderness, intelligence and honesty of Aurelius's
writings with no previous background in philosophy or the classics*. This
SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful and engaging commentary
that explains the historical background of Stoicism, as well as the ways
this ancient philosophical system can offer psychological and spiritual
insight into you contemporary life. You will be encouraged to explore and
challenge Aurelius's ides of what makes a fulfilling life -- and in so doing
you may discover new ways of perceiving happiness."
The Amazon link will allow you to see the format and sample the language of
NOTE: Selections NOT included in the book are available online here:
The Manual of the New Stoicism
McNeil's most current blog entry
McNeil was a featured guest on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's
weekly radio hour on spirituality.
Could we invite McNeil to participate in the Aurelius chat?
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