Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius : A Life

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Marcus Aurelius (121180 AD) is one of the great figures of antiquity who still speaks to us today, more than two thousand years after his death. His Meditations has been compared by John Stuart Mill to the Sermon on the Mount. A guide to how we should live, it remains one of the most widely read books from the classical world. But Marcus Aurelius was much more than a philosopher. As emperor he stabilized the empire, issued numerous reform edicts, and defended the borders with success. His life itself represented the fulfillment of Platos famous dictum that mankind will prosper only when philosophers are rulers and rulers philosophers. Frank McLynns Marcus Aurelius, based on all available original sources, is the definitive and most vivid biography to date of this monumental historical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 1,088.62g
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0306818302
  • 9780306818301
  • 884,099

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"Publishers Weekly," 7/13/09 "[McLynn] argues that the emperor and Stoic philosopher satisfies a thirst for guidance that modern philosophers have largely abandoned.""Booklist," 9/1/09 "[An] extensive examination...McLynn's commitment to placing the reign in context...allows readers to learn why historians ancient and modern consider Marcus Aurelius' reign (161-80) the apex of the Roman Empire.""Tucson Citizen" "Shelf Life" blog, 8/15/09 "McLynn sheds new light on a great man whose writings still resonate, even after more than 1,800 years.", 9/8 "[McLynn] is a thoughtful and provocative writer. His work is marked by its deft use of language and a strong authorial voice that seeks to engage readers and dissuade passivity. His style is pointed [and] personal...McLynn uses Marcus' life as a vehicle to illuminate the full breadth of Roman culture during this time...Marcus Aurelius: A Life provides readers a clear, immediate portal to the past, one that fully communicates the tone and tenor of the second century in a compelling, comprehensive narrative." "Augusta Metro Spirit," 9/9 "A riveting exploration of an extraordinary life...[An] historical page-turner...Aurelius comes back to life in the pages of McLynn's latest treasure...A wonderful journey into the historical record guided by a talented narrative voice.", September issue "[McLynn's] skill is evident and the subject is worth visiting and knowing.", 9/3 "Frank McLynn's exhaustively researched biography of the emperor...places the emperor's work firmly in the context of the wars and political events of his time--and makes that very remote era come alive...The philosophical underpinnings of Marcus' thought are woven expertly by McLynn into the narrative of the Parthian and Germanic wars that dominated his reign...It is to McLynn's considerable credit that he pulls so many strands of Marcus' life and thinkingshow more

About Frank McLynn

Frank McLynn is the author of many critically acclaimed biographies, including "Richard & John" and "Napoleon." He has been a visiting professor at Strathclyde University and lives in more