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Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. These books have been carefully adapted into a contemporary form to allow for easy reading.


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Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. These books have been carefully adapted into a contemporary form to allow for easy reading.

30 review for Meditations: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Great adaptation. Easy to digest the ideas

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    An amazing insight into the mind of Marcus Aurelius and Stoic thought. I was quite surprised by the similarities between Stoicism and Yoga/Hindu philosophies. Namely, looking towards the inner self for guidance and truth, and a certain non-attachment towards people, places, and objects as a means of truly arriving at your bliss, and not being swayed or surprised one way or the other by nature.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Very Enjoyable Most modern day philosophy books use at least one quote from Marcus Aurelius. As such, I have been dying to read his Meditations. Many people speculate that he must have been depressed. I don't believe this work reads this way at all, it's reads from a viewpoint of total acceptance, a sort of Nirvana that most people aren't able to achieve in this lifetime. I very much appreciate his words and find them a good standard to strive for. Very Enjoyable Most modern day philosophy books use at least one quote from Marcus Aurelius. As such, I have been dying to read his Meditations. Many people speculate that he must have been depressed. I don't believe this work reads this way at all, it's reads from a viewpoint of total acceptance, a sort of Nirvana that most people aren't able to achieve in this lifetime. I very much appreciate his words and find them a good standard to strive for.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Deep reading Be ready to question your principles when reading this book but in a interesting way. Personally i Wonder how did Marcus Aurelius know all this but we pretend not knowing it (stoicism).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Disiere

    The content is good, but the translation is intentionally obtuse.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill Berg Berg

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim Cunningham

    A collection of interesting and thought provoking ideas about how to live a "good and just" life from the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelisu. I found it to be a difficult read as the ideas are delivered in very long and drawn out lectures. A collection of interesting and thought provoking ideas about how to live a "good and just" life from the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelisu. I found it to be a difficult read as the ideas are delivered in very long and drawn out lectures.

  8. 5 out of 5

    moxieBK

    Meditations: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics) [Kindle Unlimited] — Marcus Aurelius, James Harris (12 chapters) July 3-18, 2020 Oh wow, this book was supposed to be written for “today’s generation,” and while it was, I still found it to be a real slog-fest! The stories were easy to read and understand, it only that it went on and on in a very overlapping wordy way. Some of the writing was a “how-to-live-your-life” variety, and others focused on living your life that way ancien Meditations: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics) [Kindle Unlimited] — Marcus Aurelius, James Harris (12 chapters) July 3-18, 2020 Oh wow, this book was supposed to be written for “today’s generation,” and while it was, I still found it to be a real slog-fest! The stories were easy to read and understand, it only that it went on and on in a very overlapping wordy way. Some of the writing was a “how-to-live-your-life” variety, and others focused on living your life that way ancient philosophers lived. Honestly, this read like the book of Proverbs from the Good Book, without the numbers and chapter breaks. It feels like a chronology of birth to death of a human. Still, good. I’m glad I read it; it was informative and interesting. I read through to Chapter V thru July 7 and then took a break. Finished up 7/14-18. Three stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Rather Jr.

    Okay This is a text I am reading to meet the goal of reading the 100 Must Read Books: Man’s Essential Library list posted by Art of Manliness. I will post a more thorough and thoughtful review on my blog: gauntletofintellectialterror.wordpress.com. The text is okay. It isn’t as profound as I had been lead to believe. It is ironic that we still read it even though Marcus Aurelius constantly emphasizes how we will all be forgotten and dust (yet he is not). The book is redundant though. It could have Okay This is a text I am reading to meet the goal of reading the 100 Must Read Books: Man’s Essential Library list posted by Art of Manliness. I will post a more thorough and thoughtful review on my blog: gauntletofintellectialterror.wordpress.com. The text is okay. It isn’t as profound as I had been lead to believe. It is ironic that we still read it even though Marcus Aurelius constantly emphasizes how we will all be forgotten and dust (yet he is not). The book is redundant though. It could have been summarized in ten pages or less. The insight it provides is very similar to other works of philosophy. In that way it feels derivative even though it is ancient.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    Endless wisdom that's still applicable today. Take some time everyday to read this book and reflect on what you read. You'll be amazed by how much your everyday life improves because of it. Endless wisdom that's still applicable today. Take some time everyday to read this book and reflect on what you read. You'll be amazed by how much your everyday life improves because of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Lacagnina

    Too repetitive Book constantly repeats the same principles over and over...and over. If you are a Christian and have read the Bible, there is nothing new here and no principle explained better. While there are a few gems here, they are just a few and not worth the time and effort.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yitzchok Lowy

    The kind of book to always keep on your 'Currently Reading' shelf. I like this translation very much. The kind of book to always keep on your 'Currently Reading' shelf. I like this translation very much.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phil Houtz

    Timeless wisdom for living in whatever situation you find yourself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debora Williams

    It was ok

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    I enjoyed this book.Narration by Gregory Allen Siders was excellent.Themes for today.I was provided this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Luke Small

  17. 5 out of 5

    sumesh

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mikec

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Prohaska

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina Konstant

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Vanhara

  22. 5 out of 5

    Foster Mcdonald

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Bennett

  24. 4 out of 5

    John Derham

  25. 4 out of 5

    James Greenwood

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Marsh

  27. 4 out of 5

    lucas das neves

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ally Chapman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alberto Ippolito ferreira

  30. 5 out of 5

    John-Paul Higgins

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