Essential Marcus Aurelius
|Author:||John Piazza; Marcus Aurelius; John P. Piazza; Jacob Needleman|
|Series:||Tarcher Cornerstone Editions Ser.|
The late antique world possessed no voice like that of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE). His private meditations on what constitutes a good life have withstood the centuries and reach us today with the same penetrating clarity and shining light as the words of Shakespeare, Emerson, or Thoreau.
In this remarkable new translation, bestselling religious philosopher Jacob Needleman and classics scholar John P. Piazza have retained the depth of Marcus's perspective on life. They have carefully selected and faithfully rendered those passages that clarify Marcus's role as someone who stood within the great religious and ethical traditions that extend throughout every culture in human history. The voice that emerges from their translation is a universal one, equally recognizable to students of Christ, Buddha, the Vedas, the Talmud, and to anyone who sincerely searches for a way of meaning in contemporary life.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus was Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180. He was the last of the 'Five Good Emperors' and is, also, considered one of the most important stoic philosophers. Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the former director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.