Listen to my interview on Marcus Aurelius and Alexander the Great for the new Modern Stoicism podcast.
I’m very happy to announce that the latest version of my flagship course “Marcus Aurelius: Life and Philosophy” is now enrolling and will begin on Sunday 16th February. Come and join as we discuss how to apply Stoicism in daily life…
What the philosopher Marcus Aurelius believed about masculinity
Over the past few decades, there’s been a resurgence of interest in Stoicism. People often confuse stoicism (lower-case), a coping style that involves suppressing or concealing emotions, also called having a “stiff upper-lip,” with Stoicism (capitalized), the ancient Graeco-Roman school of philosophy. Some crudely equate “manliness” with being tough and unemotional (lower-case “stoicism”). I think there’s a more nuanced way to understand how Stoic philosophy might inform a modern man’s conception of his role in society.
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I’m delighted to announce that the print quality version of the poster for my forthcoming graphic novel on the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is now available. The artist Ze Nuno Fraga has created something you can print out and put on your wall, or you can use the web version as a background on your phone.
I said I’d put this online when we reached 100 Amazon reviews for How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius and we’re way past that now so here’s your poster! Thanks everyone.
You’ll need to download the print quality TIF using this link – it’s a large file.
You can preview the web version below. Don’t ask me loads of questions about the project, though, because it’s early days and so I can’t actually provide more details yet! (You’ll have to be patient.)
Thanks for your support,
I get a lot of enquiries from people asking “When is your book coming out in…?” So here’s the current list of translations. There may be more coming, though, this list is just how things stand at the moment.
The English edition of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is currently available from Macmillan in hardback, ebook, and audiobook formats with the paperback scheduled for release in the US on 4th August 2020.
- The Spanish translation, Piensa como un emperador romano, is now available from Planeta. (ISBN 9786070767050)
- The Dutch translation, Leer denken als een Romeinse keizer, is available from Ten Have publishing. (ISBN 9789025907211)
- The Greek translation, Μάρκος Αυρήλιος: Σκέψου σαν Ρωμαίος αυτοκράτορας, is available from Dioptra publishing. (ISBN 9789606058578)
- The German translation, Denke wie ein römischer Herrscher, is available from FinanzBuch Verlag. (ISBN 9783959722513)
- The Italian translation, A dieci passi dalla felicità, is available from Edizioni Piemme. (ISBN 9788856672374)
- The Brazilian translation, Pense como um imperador, is available from Editora Citadel. (ISBN 6550470307)
- The Russian translation, Думай как римский император, is available from Eksmo. (ISBN 9785041131340)
- The Turkish translation will be available from Destek Publishing.
- The Korean translation will be available from Golden Turtle.
- The Croatian translation will be available from Planetopija.
- The Romanian translation will be available from Seneca Iulius Annaeus Publishing House, part of Asociatia SNK
- And other translations may become available over time…
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Just be one! — Meditations, 10.16
There’s been a resurgence of interest in Stoicism over the past few decades. The emerging community of modern Stoics naturally divides into several distinct groups, although there’s presumably some overlap between them. One of those consists of guys who are interested in masculinity and often, but not always, the Men’s Movement.
People often confuse stoicism (lower-case), a coping style that involves suppressing or concealing emotions (having a “stiff upper-lip”) with Stoicism (capitalized), the ancient Graeco-Roman school of philosophy. Some crudely equate manliness with being tough and unemotional (lower-case “stoicism”) but I think many others do have a more nuanced understanding of how Stoic philosophy might inform a modern man’s conception of his role in society.
Read the rest of this article on Medium.
I said I’d upload a video of myself reading the final chapter from How to Think Like a Roman Emperor when we reached 500 reviews on Goodreads. So here it is…
When we reach 100 reviews on Amazon US, I’m going to release a new poster from by forthcoming graphic novel about Marcus Aurelius.
When my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius reaches 100 reviews on Amazon, I’m going to release a special infographic depicting the reign of Marcus Aurelius.
I’m delighted to announce that a new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, with which I was involved, is due for publication in December 2019 by Capstone, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons. (Publisher’s website.)
Capstone Classics is a series of deluxe hardback editions of classic texts. This special edition of The Meditations is beautifully bound and contains a modernized version of the George Long translation accompanied by my detailed introduction to the text.
This book is eligible for Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee so you should find that by ordering now you’ll get the book at the lowest price offered prior to its release. So that’s a great way to pick up a bargain.
I just recorded a new podcast on Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism for the High Existence website.
The Stoics can teach you how to find a sense of purpose in life, how to face adversity, how to conquer anger within yourself, moderate your desires, experience healthy sources of joy, endure pain and illness patiently and with dignity, exhibit courage in the face of your anxieties, cope with loss, and perhaps even confront your own mortality while remaining as unperturbed as Socrates.