The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

The Inner Citadel The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today as they have been over the centuries as an inexhaustible source of wisdom And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism this is

  • Title: The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
  • Author: Pierre Hadot Michael Chase
  • ISBN: 9780674461710
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today as they have been over the centuries as an inexhaustible source of wisdom And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy Yet the clarity and ease of the work s style are deceptive Pierre Hadot, eminent historian oThe Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today as they have been over the centuries as an inexhaustible source of wisdom And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy Yet the clarity and ease of the work s style are deceptive Pierre Hadot, eminent historian of ancient thought, uncovers new levels of meaning and expands our understanding of its underlying philosophy Written by the Roman emperor for his own private guidance and self admonition, the Meditations set forth principles for living a good and just life Hadot probes Marcus Aurelius s guidelines and convictions and discerns the hitherto unperceived conceptual system that grounds them Abundantly quoting the Meditations to illustrate his analysis, the author allows Marcus Aurelius to speak directly to the reader And Hadot unfolds for us the philosophical context of the Meditations, commenting on the philosophers Marcus Aurelius read and giving special attention to the teachings of Epictetus, whose disciple he was The soul, the guiding principle within us, is in Marcus Aurelius s Stoic philosophy an inviolable stronghold of freedom, the inner citadel This spirited and engaging study of his thought offers a fresh picture of the fascinating philosopher emperor, a fuller understanding of the tradition and doctrines of Stoicism, and rich insight on the culture of the Roman empire in the second century Pierre Hadot has been working on Marcus Aurelius for than twenty years in this book he distills his analysis and conclusions with extraordinary lucidity for the general reader.

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  • Pierre Hadot Michael Chase

    Pierre Hadot n Paris, le 21 f vrier 1922 mort Orsay, le 25 avril 2010 est un philosophe, historien et philologue fran ais, sp cialiste de l antiquit , profond connaisseur de la p riode hell nistique et en particulier du n oplatonisme et de Plotin Pierre Hadot est l auteur d une uvre d velopp e notamment autour de la notion d exercice spirituel et de philosophie comme mani re de vivre.Sp cialiste de Plotin et du sto cisme, en particulier de Marc Aur le, il est un de ceux qui ont accompagn le retour la philosophie antique, consid r e comme pratique, mani re de vivre et exercice spirituel Ses livres, tr s agr ables lire et d une tr s grande rudition, manifestent constamment un rapport avec l existence, l exp rience, voire la po sie, la litt rature et le mysticisme.

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  • If my house was on fire and I had time to grab just one thing before I rushed out, it would be this book.


  • This thorough, detailed, rigourous, but eminently readable exploration of Marcus Aurlius's Meditations offers a fascinating insight into the themes and patterns of the 12 books. Backed up by descriptions of the history of the manuscripts and other academic writings about them, Hadot’s enthusiasm and admiration of the man he is writing about comes across. I was left with the impression that very little has changed in the concerns and worries of mankind over 2000 years and enjoyed reading about [...]


  • Has your life ever been changed by a book? The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius changed mine. Books that do this are necessarily rare. But even rarer than books that change your life are the books that change the way you understand life changing books. The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot is this rarest of book, it has fundamentally changed the way I understand the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius for the better.If you want to better understand Marcus Aurelius, you want to read this book. Marcus’s st [...]


  • Aurelius' Meditations is one of my favorite works, I try to re-read it at the start of every year, this book added a layer to how I understand and think about the book. Recommended to those who find value in Meditations, and perhaps stoicism more generally (Hadot does extensively quote from Aurelius' work, so you might not need to have read it to benefit from this book.).


  • In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius posits that nothing really matters because in a thousand years we'll be dead and forgotten. But Marcus Aurelius has been dead for more than a thousand years and he's remembered, so I don't know what to make of all of this.


  • In "The Inner Citadel," Hadot reveals the system behind Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations," with clarity, sensitivity, and grace. He presents a fully-formed image of the world's most powerful man working on making himself a better man. Essential reading.



  • made an interesting point about the difference between Platonic and Stoic conceptions of reason. In short, Platonist's divide the soul into good and bad parts; reason is good, passion, impulse, everything irrational is bad. For Stoics, however, there is no division within the soul, rather a soul becomes bad, or deluded, because of the judgments it makes based on false understandings. I like this. it means there is no interminable battle between good and evil inside us, rather a plethora of diffe [...]


  • This is a book that I’ve revisited time and again. It has the keys to may sanity as our world, and at times, our lives, become increasingly hectic and lacking purpose. This book is like a therapist on the go, offering lessons and advice that have stood the test of time for many many centuries. Highly recommended.




  • A strong scholarly analysis of this classic of Stoic thought. Made me reread and further appreciate "The Meditations"


  • A tedious read. The level of academic depth that this book goes into makes staying awake difficult. But aside from that, it does a fairly good job of providing insights into what Marcus meant in his Meditations.


  • The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot is an analysis of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. In The Inner Citadel, Hadot strives to organize the writings of Aurelius into stoic themes and provide a perspective of Aurelius, his context and his writings.The book is excellent in explaining a lot of the stoic concepts. It starts providing a picture of who Aurelius was. The chapter on his upbringing is especially interesting and provides a view into his philosophical education. The background information [...]


  • A marvel. True scholarship.With precise seriousness and full of the kindest of feelings for his readers, Pierre Hadot offers his authority on perhaps the most remarkable book in existance, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus's Meditations.


  • An excellent companion to The Meditations- largely free of redundancy, and rich in biographical, lexical, and historiographical context. This seems accessible to a lay audience, though perhaps with a bit of difficulty on their part, but generally seems best suited to those with a background in the classics or academic philosophy who want a bit of lighter material on the side. Recommended.


  • I see myself as a stoic, loved Epictetus and thoroughly enjoyed Seneca and Rufus, but Marcus Aurelius - nope. He is boring. There is nothing provoking about his writings, nothing that makes you want to argue with him, nothing that is fun. Another thing: Aurelius is very heavy on stoic jargon. He does not write in plain words.


  • An absolutely brilliant exploration of the thought of Marcus Aurelius and his writings on Stoicism. A must-read for any scholarly Stoic, in my opinion (that is, if the more cerebral aspects, including linguistic and such, appeal to you).


  • Excellent book. As usual very in-depth and insightful. One needs to read this book at least twice to get its full impact. It is stuffed with greatness.




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