The Meditations: An Emperor’s Guide to Mastery (Stoic Philosophy Book 2)

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How to think clearly, act purposefully, overcome any obstacle, and find peace & happiness along the way.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) was one of the few true philosopher-kings in history.

His father died when Marcus was three. At age fifteen, he was adopted by his aunt's husband, the future Emperor Antoninus Pius, putting him in the line of succession. At forty, he became a reluctant emperor of the Roman Empire.

Marcus was conflicted because the demands of being emperor–on top of the temptations of wealth and power–seemed incompatible with his true ambition: to be a humble student of philosophy.

Over time, though, he worked out a practical philosophy that kept him grounded amidst the stresses and excesses of palace life. That's why his philosophy is so relevant to us today, in the modern world.

How did he fare as emperor? During his twenty years of service, Marcus earned the love of the people and the loyalty of the senate. Later historians called him "the last of the five good emperors."

In spare moments, Marcus wrote the journal entries collected in The Meditations. They were not intended for publication, but to remind Marcus himself of his principles and priorities. As a result, they are intimate, direct, and extremely useful.

This new edition of The Meditations is an interpretive paraphrase in contemporary English, with a foreword, by bestselling author Sam Torode. A companion volume, The Manual: A Philosopher's Guide to Life, is also available from Ancient Renewal.

The Kindle e-book is FREE with purchase of the paperback, through Amazon Matchbook.

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548281301
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ancient Renewal (July 7, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2017
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073T331XJ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

This is an amazing book. I am currently struggling with many things …

6 people found this helpful
 on April 3, 2018
By Quinn
This is an amazing book. I am currently struggling with many things such as stress and anxiety, this book has helped me put many things to rest. If you’re looking for amazing insightful advice for personal struggle, this is a great book. The translations and simplification of language help greatly as well, it does not water down the meaning at all. I recommend this to people of all ages, but teens in particular.

For those looking to have a better self-awareness and well-being.

2 people found this helpful
 on October 31, 2018
By Amazon Customer
Philosophy is one of the most underrated forms of knowledge there is. Stoicism, to be precise, is the type of philosophical thinking that Marcus Aurelius applied to his every day life as an Emperor, and this book is basically his mind on paper. It is a beautiful read, and it’s not very difficult either because the translation was modern. If you have not yet read any books on Stoicism, please read The Manual by Epictetus. Most of Marcus’ works derive from Epictetus. Thus, it’ll be beneficial to understand The Manual before reading The Meditations.

Five Stars

6 people found this helpful
 on January 10, 2018
By Genius
A must-read and a great introduction to stoicism. Accessible and lucid translation of the original work.


 on December 16, 2018
By Jill
I was introduced to Marcus Aurelius by my boyfriend when I expressed interest in Stoicism. Although I have heard many of the concepts or sentiments in the book elsewhere before, it was refreshing to see them from the perspective of an ancient leader. Many of his musings have become invaluable to me and I find myself repeating the messages on a regular basis. So far I’ve read it twice. I’m grateful for Aurelius’s wisdom. The book is written well and is very easy to follow and understand. I recommend it!

Great and simple read

 on May 22, 2018
By Jake Caneff
Great and simple read. I read it in one day but the principles you can learn in this book are great. I reread some parts every now and then. Stoicism is a wonderful philosophy and this book is a really good condensed version of the overall ethos of stoicism and the great Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Well done.

One person found this helpful
 on May 17, 2018
By Amazon Customer
I loved reading this book. Thanks to the author for putting these wonderful thoughts into the language that I understand.

Ancient thoughts, timeless principles, modern words

One person found this helpful
 on September 17, 2018
By M. Muin
This book made the Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius accessible to modern readers. It is light reading but heavy in content.

Life changing!

 on June 3, 2018
By R T
Life changing and truly amazing simple wisdoms that are timeless. An easy way to get introduced to the stoic philosophy.