About the Author
Robin Waterfield is a British classical scholar, translator,
and editor, specializing in Ancient Greek philosophy. He lives in
"This is a valuable addition to our stock of modern translations
of the Meditations. The translation is accurate but also
accessible and powerful. The full and informative introduction and
the notes, helpfully placed at the foot of each page, make this a
book that offers much to a wide variety of readers."
, emeritus professor of ancient Thought,
University of Exeter, and author of Greek Thought
"Do we need another translation of Marcus Aurelius's
? Yes, especially when it is so thoroughly and
informatively annotated as Waterfield's. The introduction alone is
worth the price of admission."--Massimo Pigliucci
, author of
How to Be A Stoic
"Robin Waterfield, a leading classical scholar and translator, has
given us a dazzling new translation of Marcus Aurelius'
. Readers: Do not skip the introduction. In
hard-hitting and eloquent prose, Waterfield explains the personal
and private meditations of an emperor who turns to Stoicism for
exercises in becoming a better person and a better world leader.
The tension in juggling those worlds is part of Marcus's enduring
legacy. This modernized scholarly edition of the Meditations
will quickly find its home on the modern Stoic's bookshelf as well
as on the reading lists of those of us who teach ancient Stoicism.
It's a most welcome addition to ancient Stoic
, professor of philosophy,
"The best of both worlds: a lively, readable, and engaging
translation, supplemented by extensive notes drawn from up-to-date
scholarship. This edition can be studied in a graduate seminar or
presented to an interested amateur for their casual enjoyment.
Waterfield's wide experience as a translator of Plato, Xenophon,
and Plutarch has equipped him to tackle Marcus' idiosyncratic
musings, and he has improved the text with numerous corrections.
Marcus emerges from the mists of time with a clear voice and a
compelling vision."--Tad Brennan
, professor of philosophy
and classics, Cornell University
"Robin Waterfield has given us a splendid translation of Marcus:
accurate and idiomatic, it captures the personal tone of the
Meditations wonderfully. The notes and introduction are
detailed but clear, authoritative both historically and
philosophically, telling modern readers what they need to know.
This is the best translation of the Meditations available
, William Lampson Professor of Philosophy and
Classics, Yale University