Marcus Aurelius, George Long – translator – Meditations

The Meditations are a series of private reflections written in Greek by a Roman emperor immersed in the administration of an empire beset by wars on its frontiers and natural disasters in its interior. It is the work of a great man seeking philosophical and spiritual solace in the midst of human chaos and uncertainty. This beautiful piece of ancient literature has been the companion of many leaders over the centuries who turned to inner reflection in times of unrest. Its Stoic philosophy has been much admired and emulated.

Drawing from the work of many Stoic philosophers, especially of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius reveals that it is futile to attempt to avoid the inevitable suffering at the core of human existence, and that we have a duty to focus on the things we as individuals can control. According to Aurelius, inner peace and contentment can only be achieved by eschewing worldly things and instead focusing on the underlying order and laws of nature. Only by accepting the world as it is can we cope with the inevitable loss, pain, and death that stalk each of us.

This production uses the translation of George Long.

Author: Marcus Aurelius, George Long – translator
Narrator: Charlton Griffin
Duration: 5 hours 26 minutes
Released: 18 Jul 2011
Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
Language: English

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Pythagoras is the first of all Philosophers, unless we count Hermes Trismegistus, about which little is known outside of the Emerald Tablets (please research these). Pythagoras is the first of the Greek line of philosopher-saints, which include Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. His Hermetic school is a landmark in spiritual and ethical progress, as well as in the worlds of the logic and society and politics. It is advised to begin your study of philosophy or spirituality with Hermes and Pythagoras.