Marcus Aelius Aurelius Antoninus, 121-180. was adopted by the
emperor Antoninus Pius and succeeded him in 161, (as joint emperor
with adoptive brother Lucius Verus). He ruled alone from 169. He
spent much of his reign in putting down variou rebellions, and was
a persecutor of Christians. His fame rest, above all, on his
Meditations, a series of reflections, strongly influenced by
Epictetus, which represent a Stoic outlook on life. He died in 180
and was succeed by his natural son, thus ending the period of the
Diskin Clay is Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University and has published widely in the area of Ancient Greek Philosophy.
Martin Hammond is Head Master of Tonbridge School and has translated Homer's Iliad for Penguin Classics.
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Martin Hammond's translation of Marcus Aurelius'
Meditations, like his Iliad and Odyssey, is
the work of an unusually gifted translator, and one who understands
the value added by careful attention to supplementary material. He
writes natural English, direct and often eloquent; the text is well
supported by effective notes and a characteristically thorough and
well-planned index; Diskin Clay supplies a useful introduction.
This is a fine volume -- Malcolm Heath * Greece & Rome Journal
Marcus is well served by this new translation. Hammond has a pithy turn of phrase to match the emperor's own . . . His notes abound in helpful explanation and illuminating cross-reference. Diskin Clay contributes a sparkling and sympathetic introduction. The combination of introduction, translation and notes is as good as they get -- John Taylor * Journal of Classics Teaching *