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 figure.show 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
  • 898,781

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Reference and Research Book News, November 2009 The volume combines intellectual and political biography and draws a portrait of a man of consummate military, political, and intellectual talent whose relevance remains as vital as ever. Library Journal s e-newsletter BookSmack!, 12/3/09 As massive a doorstop as Tom Wolfe s A Man in Full, this is as readable and thorough an examination of the life, reign, and times of Marcus Aurelius as an interested nonacademic is likely to find. Northeast Mississippi Sunday Journal, 1/3/2010 Exhaustively researched McLynn introduces many of the era s most interesting personas Surely the best book on Ancient Rome and her noblest emperor since Suetonius and Plutarch wrote their lives of earlier emperors An eloquent, indispensable study. The New Republic, 4/8/10 A sprawling new biography McLynn rightly emphasizes that we should be wary of seeing Marcus Aurelius as a modern humanitarian. "show 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 England.show more