Marcus Aurelius was one of the greatest Roman emperors. He ruled the empire from 161 to his death in 180 A.D, nearly 2000 years ago. While in power he wrote Meditations, 12 short collections of his private thoughts which he never intended to publish. In other historical cases we don’t always find too much of interest but Aurelius was a deep thinking philosopher, a wise emperor widely respected and admired. He practised stoicism, a life philosophy that holds self-responsibilty, truth and virtue above all else. So we have in Meditations the private reflections of a wise and virtuous leader who also happened to be the most powerful man in the world. Compelling stuff.
After seeing Meditations mentioned and quoted so many times over the years, I finally went ahead and got my first copy:
Super portable as well, it’s almost a pocket book!
I also went ahead and bought a copy for my kindle
So if you’re at all curious and find yourself often searching for answers to difficult questions, you now have the chance to get some practical life advice from one of the greatest leaders in history, straight to your mobile’s Kindle app for free!
Also, unless you fancy decoding some fairly mysterious English- get the Hays translation – it’s by accounts the easiest to understand.