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Marcus Aurelius: Genius Roman Emperor

Great Biographies, Book 1
Written by: The History Hour
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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  • Alyaiya
  • 2019-03-10

Five stars

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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  • Abbe
  • 2019-03-09

I recommend it.

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

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  • Chet
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Ebbe
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Dado
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Barton
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Daewon
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Dabney
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Elaiya
  • 2019-03-09

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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  • Dailud
  • 2019-03-09

Nice biography

Marcus Aurelius is probably one of the better known figures from antiquity, although he does not nearly have the notoriety or fame of more vivid, melodramatic figures such as Julius Caesar or Mark Antony. To most familiar with the 2nd-Century emperor, he is the embodiment of Plato's "philosopher king," an intellectual whose real passion was for the life of the mind who nonetheless devoted himself to the thankless task of ruling simply from a sense of duty.