•  Meditations 01  •

•  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus  •

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Duration: +20 mins
Recorded: 2023
Price : $/€ 15 (audiobook) - $/€ 25 (videobook)


About the Meditations series

"Meditations" ((Greek title: Τῶν εἰς Ἑαυτόν) is a series of personal reflections and philosophical musings written by Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. The book is considered one of the greatest works of Stoic literature and provides insight into the emperor's personal beliefs and values. The reflections were written over a period of several years, primarily while Marcus was on military campaign, and cover a range of topics including death, the nature of existence, and the pursuit of wisdom and virtue.

In the first book of "Meditations", Marcus reflects on the transitory nature of life and the importance of embracing the present moment. He writes about accepting death as a natural part of existence and striving to live in accordance with Stoic philosophy, which emphasizes the pursuit of wisdom, virtuous behavior, and inner peace. He also writes about the need to control one's thoughts and emotions, practice gratitude, and avoid negative behaviors such as anger and envy.

Throughout the book, Marcus draws on Stoic principles to guide his own self-improvement and encourages others to do the same. He emphasizes the importance of reason and self-awareness in leading a virtuous life and writes about the need to detach oneself from external circumstances in order to cultivate inner peace.

Overall, "Meditations" is a philosophical treatise on how to live a virtuous and fulfilling life. Its themes of self-reflection, acceptance, and inner peace continue to resonate with readers today, making it one of the most widely read works of Stoic philosophy.

In the video you can follow the opening text of "Meditations" book 01. Alternatively, those who prefer the audiobook edition can find many places online, like Perseus Library or an English translation by George Long.


About the digital formats

Both the audio recording and the videobook contain the complete, unabridged Ancient Greek text of the 1st book of the "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius. After purchase you will be able to download the relevant mp3 audiobook or mp4 videobook file (or both).

You can listen to the first five verses of chapter 1 of “Genesis”, an audio sample of the present recording. Please, click on the play-button bellow and, if you wish, follow the Ancient Greek text lower on the page, or alternatively watch the video. Thank you!

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Παρὰ τοῦ πάππου Οὐήρου τὸ καλόηθες καὶ ἀόργητον. Παρὰ τῆς δόξης καὶ μνήμης τῆς περὶ τοῦ γεννήσαντος τὸ αἰδῆμον καὶ ἀῤῥενικόν. Παρὰ τῆς μητρὸς τὸ θεοσεβὲς καὶ μεταδοτικὸν καὶ ἀφεκτικὸν οὐ μόνον τοῦ κακοποιεῖν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τοῦ ἐπὶ ἐννοίας γίνεσθαι τοιαύτης· ἔτι δὲ τὸ λιτὸν κατὰ τὴν δίαιταν καὶ πόῤῥω τῆς πλουσιακῆς διαγωγῆς. Παρὰ τοῦ προπάππου τὸ μὴ εἰς δημοσίας διατριβὰς φοιτῆσαι καὶ τὸ ἀγαθοῖς διδασκάλοις κατ οἶκον χρήσασθαι καὶ τὸ γνῶναι ὅτι εἰς τὰ τοιαῦτα δεῖ ἐκτενῶς ἀναλίσκειν. Παρὰ τοῦ τροφέως τὸ μήτε Πρασιανὸς ἢ Βενετιανὸς μήτε Παλμουλάριος ἢ Σκουτάριος γενέσθαι· καὶ τὸ φερέπονον καὶ ὀλιγοδεές· καὶ τὸ αὐτουργικὸν καὶ ἀπολύπραγμον· καὶ τὸ δυσπρόσδεκτον διαβολῆς.

video sample of Genesis 01 on YouTube