How to think like a Roman emperor : the stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius / Donald Robertson.  (Text) (Text)

Robertson, Donald, 1972-
Call no.: B583 .R63 2019Publication: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2019Edition: 1st edDescription: viii, 294 pISBN: 9781250196620 (hardcover); 1250196620 (hardcover)Other title: Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius [Portion of title]Subject(s): Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, 121-180. MeditationsMarcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, 121-180 -- PhilosophyEmperors -- Rome -- BiographyStoicsLOC classification: B583 | .R63 2019
Contents:The dead emperor (The story of stoicism / What did the stoics believe) -- The most truthful child in Rome (how to speak wisely) -- Contemplating the sage (how to follow your values) -- The choice of Heracles (how to conquer desire) -- Grasping the nettle (how to tolerate pain) -- The inner citadel and war of many nations (how to relinquish fear) -- Temporary madness (how to conquer anger) -- Death and the view from above.
Summary: "The life-changing principles of Stoicism taught through the story of its most famous proponent Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the final famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. The Meditations, his personal journal, survives to this day as one of the most loved self-help and spiritual classics of all time. In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, cognitive psychotherapist Donald Robertson weaves the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius together seamlessly to provide a compelling modern-day guide to the Stoic wisdom followed by countless individuals throughout the centuries as a path to achieving greater fulfillment and emotional resilience. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes readers on a transformative journey along with Marcus, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadrian--taken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his day--through to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides readers through applying the same methods to their own lives. Combining remarkable stories from Marcus's life with insights from modern psychology and the enduring wisdom of his philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor puts a human face on Stoicism and offers a timeless and essential guide to handling the ethical and psychological challenges we face today"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The dead emperor (The story of stoicism / What did the stoics believe) -- The most truthful child in Rome (how to speak wisely) -- Contemplating the sage (how to follow your values) -- The choice of Heracles (how to conquer desire) -- Grasping the nettle (how to tolerate pain) -- The inner citadel and war of many nations (how to relinquish fear) -- Temporary madness (how to conquer anger) -- Death and the view from above.

"The life-changing principles of Stoicism taught through the story of its most famous proponent Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the final famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. The Meditations, his personal journal, survives to this day as one of the most loved self-help and spiritual classics of all time. In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, cognitive psychotherapist Donald Robertson weaves the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius together seamlessly to provide a compelling modern-day guide to the Stoic wisdom followed by countless individuals throughout the centuries as a path to achieving greater fulfillment and emotional resilience. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes readers on a transformative journey along with Marcus, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadrian--taken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his day--through to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides readers through applying the same methods to their own lives. Combining remarkable stories from Marcus's life with insights from modern psychology and the enduring wisdom of his philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor puts a human face on Stoicism and offers a timeless and essential guide to handling the ethical and psychological challenges we face today"-- Provided by publisher.

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