Meditations - Marcus Aurelius & Gregory Hays


By Marcus Aurelius & Gregory Hays

  • Release Date: 2002-05-14
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 4.5
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Nearly two thousand years after it was written, Meditations remains profoundly relevant for anyone seeking to lead a meaningful life.

Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161–180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus’s insights and advice—on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others—have made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago.

In Gregory Hays’s new translation—the first in thirty-five years—Marcus’s thoughts speak with a new immediacy. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. Never before have Marcus’s insights been so directly and powerfully presented.

With an Introduction that outlines Marcus’s life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work’s ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the thoughts of one of the most enlightened and intelligent leaders of any era.


  • Highly recommended

    By Charlie Reyes IV
    This has shaped my perspective in a way I would of never expected but am so grateful for.
  • Apply

    By poole426
    Apply & watch the change
  • GOAT

    By FAMOUSmisfit
    Greatest of all time, no doubt.
  • Unfaithful to the Ancient Greek text

    By Mike98yo
    Stretches with the translation almost to the point of infidelity to the original Grk. I get trying to phrase things so that they might make more sense, and that it's impossible to translate exactly one language into another, yet I'd look at the Grk and be annoyed by how many seemingly random things are added by the translator. It sounds good, but ugh. If you want a good translation steer clear of this and get the Loeb Classical Library edition. Translators who want to publish their works for money can't copy the already finely done Loeb translations so unnecessarily change things like this does. A shame really.
  • Amazing book

    By nasch p
    Great! Loved this book learned lots and highly recommend it. Make sure to really dive in and focus on remembering what he says to truly benefit your life.
  • Good book of ideals

    By BlackSuperman58
    Seams more of a notebook to remind oneself to stay true to their ideals rather than writing to a reader.
  • Life changing

    By KWHITTT90
    Good book highly recommended
  • Amazing

    By Zthacker10
    Amazing book, very insightful. You can tell it wasn’t written to be published but how the worlds most powerful man was attempting to push himself to get better everyday.
  • A view inside his world

    By Mike2466533
    Tough to understand at times, but very good book. A lot of insightful views on every day situations, and they are still relative today. His acceptance of all things created a calm and understanding mind. His writings fortify those beliefs.
  • So many gems

    By Dashichz
    Broad concepts in concise verbiage. A must read.