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The first colour printout of the pages from the book…
The Art of Paraphrasing Philosophical Maxims
If thou would’st master care and pain,
Unfold this book and read and read again
Its blessed leaves, whereby thou soon shalt see
The past, the present, and the days to be
With opened eyes; and all delight, all grief,
Shall be like smoke, as empty and as brief.
This epigram is found at the end of a Vatican manuscript of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, one of the most widely-read spiritual and philosophical classics of all time. Readers of The Meditations are usually aware that Marcus was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. However, they often don’t realize how much more we know about him.
Marcus studied rhetoric under Fronto for many years, and learned certain techniques from him that appear to have shaped the writing of The Meditations.
In my recent book, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, I drew upon the surviving evidence to make connections between Marcus’ life and thought. We have three main contemporary biographical sources: The Historia Augusta, Cassius Dio’s Historia Romana, and Herodian’s History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus.
In addition to these, one of our most important sources is a cache of letters belonging to Marcus’ family friend and rhetoric tutor Marcus Cornelius Fronto. These were discovered in the early 19th century by the Italian scholar Angelo Mai. They give us a remarkable window into the private life of the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher.
We learn, for instance, that Marcus was, in private, an exceptionally warm and affectionate man. He also shows evidence of being adept at diplomacy and at resolving conflicts between his friends. As we’ll see, Marcus studied rhetoric under Fronto for many years, and learned certain techniques from him that appear to have shaped the writing of The Meditations.
“It is that I learn from you to speak the truth. That matter (of speaking the truth) is precisely what is so hard for gods and men…” — Marcus
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 6070767063)
- 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 Romanian translation, Cum sa gandesti ca un imparat roman, is available from Seneca Iulius Annaeus Publishing House, part of Asociatia SNK
- The Serbian translation, Marko Aurelije – filozofija stoicizma ili kako da razmišljate kao rimski imperator, is available from Kontrast (ISBN 9788660360986)
- The Turkish translation, Roma İmparatoru Gibi Düşünmek, is available from Beyaz Baykuş Yayınları (White Owl Publishing, part of the Destek group). (ISBN 9786254410895)
- The Persian translation is now available from Sang (Stone) publishing.
- The Vietnamese translation, NGHĨ NHƯ HOÀNG ĐẾ LA MÃ, is now available from NXB Trẻ.
- The Korean translation will be available from Golden Turtle.
- The Croatian translation will be available from Planetopija.
- The Polish translation will be available from Helion.
- The Arabic translation is coming.
- Japanese translation is coming from CCC Media House.
- 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.