Marcus Aurelius: Genius Roman Emperor

Great Biographies, Book 1
Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
Series: Great Biographies, Book 35
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Marcus Aurelius was an outstanding person and Emperor of Ancient Rome. He was far more concerned with ways of thinking than with warfare. Being a small boy he applied himself to task with education. Marcus preferred others over himself, putting his own welfare aside for the good of other people.

His nature is obvious in his kindness and consideration for others; but his sharp intelligence is also evident in his writing and in his excellence in jurisprudence. People called him a Great Emperor and a Philosopher King.

 Inside you will listen about: 

  • The Young Marcus
  • Training in Oratory
  • Antoninus's reign
  • Antoninus's death
  • Philosopher turned Emperor
  • Marcus and Lucius's reign
  • The Slumbering Tiber
  • The War with the Parthians
  • The Antonine plague
  • The youngest Consul in Roman history
  • The End of the Pax Romana
  • And much more!

This audiobook is a chronological biography of his life. Its aim is to not only describe the historical events of his life, but also to delve into his character. It explores who the man really was, especially the contrast between the high station thrust upon him and the simplicity he longed for.

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My favorite part of the entire book is when he ponders on inner peace. Many would seek peace retiring to a calm village, a seaside home, or in the mountains far from the busy cities. Marcus argues he who has not inner peace in himself wherever, will never have inner peace whatever.

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Enjoyable

The book is a little bit difficult to follow because the text is written as a long series of short statements, which are often rather disparate in their subject matter. Rather than a flowing story or thought, you are provided with an onslaught of often very short sentiments of value, purpose, and wisdom. I enjoyed the book and found the concepts simple and straight forward to apply to every day life. At the risk of perverting or desecrating this great work, I think it would be valuable to have it converted in to one of those "inspirational quote of the day" flip calendars. Someone get on that!

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Awesome books! I

Awesome books! I’m enjoying listening them as much as the kids are. I’ve recommended to others!

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awesome

A first-rate biography of one of the greatest if not the greatest composer of all-time... Highly recommended.

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good education

This was a good book that gave me a nice understanding of an emperor I did not know a lot about. I purchased the book because I was interested in Marcus Aurelius having read some of this great quotes. I was not disappointed but would have liked to have heard a bit more about his writings.

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I recommend it.

One of the great Stoic philosophers, continuing centuries of insightful regard for a considered, purposeful life.

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This book has three major functions: to be the personal journal of the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, to clarify to non-Stoics what it means to be Stoic (not stoic), and to serve as a time if advice in a plethora if topics to other Stoics, and although Marcus Aurelius never meant it to be anything more than a journal, this book excels at all three functions. Marcus Aurelius was an great emperor and a greater man. He was known for his justice and humble ability to learn from others, including subordinates. This book, as the journal of the most powerful man on earth at the time, serves as a great study guide into law, ethics, philosophy, ancient civilization, ancient history, politics, and Roman history.

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Fantastic edition

I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it to everyone. It's fascinating to me that the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius are so relevant in this day and age.

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Thoughts for the ages

I liked that Marcus spoke about the soul being our true part,the real us. I could relate to his contemplation of death.

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Enjoyed very much!

I really enjoyed this book and have been quite amazed at how the teachings were so profound and way before his time. I love this story and deep and complex. great perspective and different point of views in a whole book very much different way to look at life. navigate to did a awesome job and telling the story.

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  • 05-06-20

This is narrated by a computer voice...

...not read by the human Jerry Beebe. It’s some sick, futuristic cost cutting ploy. You can’t listen to it. ‘if it’s not right, don’t do it’ to quote the big man.

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  • 10-10-19

A great story, ruined by a robot.

Loved it? No. The narrator is like an American Stephen Hawking. Don't waste your tokens.

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  • Leo Morris
  • 10-01-19

Absolutely Inspiring!

The Biography of a Gentleman, The Inventor I Admire the Most, from Past Time, a Greatly Gifted Individual with High Ideals, Principles and Values! Who's Sole Purpose was to Connect the World Trough His Numerous Inventions With a Positive Purpose...

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  • Jordan Walters
  • 09-30-19

Excellent

Of my grandfather Verus I have learned to be gentle and meek, and to refrain from all anger and passion. From the fame and memory of him that begot me I have learned both shamefastness and manlike behaviour. Of my mother I have learned to be religious, and bountiful; and to forbear, not only to do, but to intend any evil; to content myself with a spare diet, and to fly all such excess as is incidental to great wealth. Of my great-grandfather, both to frequent public schools and auditories, and to get me good and able teachers at home; and that I ought not to think much, if upon such occasions, I were at excessive charges.

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  • H. Andresen
  • 08-06-19

Good summary of events, but...

In what kind of a barn did the narrator learn to speak??? The sloppy language is quite jarring, and it is frequently difficult to guess about whom or of what location the narrator is attempting to speak

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  • Alyaiya
  • 03-10-19

Brilliant ,

Brilliant author, Marcus Aurelius demonstrates that great minds think alike, as he might say, because they comply with the universal Reason. Idiots just make stuff up and act as if it were real. His stoicism reminds one of Buddhism or the finer points of Christianity. This is the divine philosophy.

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  • Abbe
  • 03-09-19

Wonderful writing

This is a gem, and a connection to this good man from the past. One you will want to re-listen every year.

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  • Chet
  • 03-09-19

Great narration

An amazing journal on stoicism from Marcus Aurelius. Great translation too. I will hear again

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  • Ebbe
  • 03-09-19

Classic

This book will change your life. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor--the most powerful man in the world at the time--who publicly forgave his best friend who tried to take the throne from him. This book is his personal journal of insights and reminders on how to refine and cultivate his character to live a good and transcendental life.

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  • Dado
  • 03-09-19

Very informative

Amazing and historically a Stoic manual. Marcus Aurelius was the philosopher emperor. He made one mistake and that was letting his son live to be emperor.