Simple, clear yet powerful, these philosophical writings by the Roman Emperor offer insights into human nature that still resonate today and make a compelling case for a stoic approach to life.
"When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they do not know how to tell good from evil. But I... have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own." This and other useful affirmations from the second century Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius have been retranslated for the first time in 35 years by Hays, classics professor at the University of Virginia. He includes an introduction that sketches the life of Aurelius and also summarizes the principles of Stoicism.
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In the listing of this book, the iBooks store references Hays as the translator. However the endpapers of this electronic edition indicate that the translation was done by George Long. So was this translation completed by Hays or Long? I note somewhat archaic vocabulary and phrasing, so I’m guessing George Long.