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Marcus Aurelius: Genius Roman Emperor

Great Biographies, Book 1
Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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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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good education<br />

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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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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I recommend it.

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

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Worth

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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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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Fascinating

This book was professionally researched from numerous primary and secondary sources, written. This produced an extensive collection of thoroughly researched, concise, informative, and well written historical texts greatfully designed. This historical collection is focused on chronicaling the lives of important historical persons, key events, nations, and peoples.It was well written and like all of these books.

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Highly recommend

This is a very good book with a lot of wise philosophies and meditations. It has many, short statements by Marcus Aurelius on how to live the best life possible. The narrator did a very good job. Highly recommend this book!

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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.

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  • Barton
  • 03-09-19

Great book

I listened to this all the way. Fantastic book, perfect voice to Listen to. His voice was mellifluous, clear, confident, and well-paced. Timeless book for any age groups to made ever better to have it great for you.

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  • Daewon
  • 03-09-19

Fantastic edition

Fantastic edition of this amazing book. In addition to the story, this edition contains an informative introduction written by Adam Hochschild; a Filmography of movie adaptation of Heart of Darkness, films on Imperialism, films about Africa, and films on Conrad's other works; an essay titled, "Telling Africa's Story Today: Recent Films About Africa; contemporary reviews of Heart of Darkness (early 20th-Century); suggested further reading and hands-down some of the most readable and informative end notes that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The paper and binding are high quality and the with just a slight pressure the book will open and lie flat some how not breaking the binding.

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  • Dabney
  • 03-09-19

Enjoyable history

This book provides an excellent, straight forward account that is easy to understand. It was well researched and written. The narrative was engaging and enjoyable. The text provides a fascinating analysis of a very complex person and his ideas, in a remarkably clear and understandable manner. Further, it provides the reader with a better understanding of his thought and ideas. Listeners who enjoy history and biographies, or those who are interested in knowing more about his philosophy will enjoy this book.

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  • Elaiya
  • 03-09-19

It was very easy to follow

Marcus Aurelius was the last of the Five Good Emperors, as described by Machiavelli. He was also a renowned Stoic philosopher.

The book is a compilation of thoughts written in a period of 20 years by the Emperor, however; the meditations were not meant to be published but were rather for self reflection.

It was very easy to follow along and absorb many of the thoughts by the way the book was adapted for the contemporary reader. It feels as if a wise older man, think grandfather, was sharing his wisdom to a grandson.

Regardless of the simplicity of the book, it should be read (listened to) a couple times as the knowledge laying on the pages cannot be absorbed in one sitting.

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  • Dailud
  • 03-09-19

Awesome

For a layman with little knowledge of antiquity, this book will probably be a pretty hard slog. McLynn devotes a great deal of the biography to discussion of philosophy in the ancient world, with a particular focus on Stoicism, Aurelius's preferred doctrine (there is even a fairly lengthy appendix at the end of the book on Stoicism). When the fairly complicated politics of the early Empire is also factored in (most of which depended on complex, extensive personal relationships), this adds up to a fairly daunting prospect. Nonetheless, I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about 2nd-Century Roman history and to fans of biography in general.