Because the Meditations were jotted down in spare moments during a busy life ruling and defending a huge empire, they lack order and sequence. Inspired by the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius, Stedall has sought to present the contents in a more contemporary and digestible way. To achieve this, he employed the Greek philosophical technique of dialogue to create a fictional conversation between five historical figures who actually met at Aquileia on the Adriatic coast in AD The Dialogues afford Marcus and his guests the opportunity to express their views on such topics as the brevity of life and the need to seek meaning; the pursuit of purpose; the supreme good and the pursuit of a virtuous life - issues as relevant today as they were in antiquity.
By a gentle process of question and answer, Marcus shows up the weakness of his guests' arguments and reveals how a virtuous life may be lived without the threat of eternal damnation or promise of salvation to enforce compliance. Virtue is its own reward. Seller Inventory AAO More information about this seller Contact this seller.
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His Meditations, as they became known, have been a major influence on Western thought and behaviour. Inspired by their wisdom, Stedall has sought to present them in a contemporary, more digestible way. Num Pages: pages. Dimension: x x Weight in Grams: Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory V Marcus Aurelius: The Dialogues. Alan Stedall. Slave Trader: Some are good for fighting, others for dying. You need both, I think. Proximo: [holding up a sword] Thrust this into another man's flesh, and they will applaud and love you for that.
You may even begin to love them. Proximo: Some of you are thinking that you won't fight. Others, that you can't fight. They all say that. Proximo: Ultimately, we're all dead men. Sadly, we cannot choose how but, what we can decide is how we meet that end, in order that we are remembered, as men. Commodus: I think I understand my own people. Gracchus: Then perhaps Caesar will be so good as to teach us, out of his own extensive experience? Commodus: I call it love, Gracchus. The people are my children, I am their father.
I shall hold them to my bosom and embrace them tightly Gracchus: Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, sire? Commodus: No, but if you interrupt me again, I assure you that you will. Lucilla: Is Rome worth one good man's life? We believed it once. Make us believe it again. He was a soldier of Rome. Honor him. Gracchus: Who will help me carry him? Proximo: He knows to well how to manipulate the mob. Maximus: Marcus Aurelius had a dream that was Rome, Proximo. That is not it. That is not it!
Proximo: Marcus Aurelius is dead, Maximus. We mortals are but shadows and dust. Shadows and dust, Maximus! Marcus Aurelius: You have proven your valor once again, Maximus. Let us hope for the last time. Maximus: There is no one left to fight, sire. Marcus Aurelius: There is always someone left to fight. How can I reward Rome's greatest general? Maximus: Let me go home. Marcus Aurelius: Ah, home. Marcus Aurelius: Won't you accept this great honor that I have offered you?
Maximus: With all my heart, no. Marcus Aurelius: Maximus, that is why it must be you. Juba: You have a great name. He must kill your name before he kills you. Release my men. Senator Gracchus is to be reinstated. There was a dream that was Rome. It shall be realized. These are the wishes of Marcus Aurelius. Proximo: So Spaniard, we shall go to Rome together and have bloody adventures. And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more. And then, when enough men have died, perhaps you will have your freedom.
Commodus: You and I are not much different. You take life when you have to, as I do. Maximus: I have only one more life to take. Then it is done. Commodus: [to Falco] Lucius will stay with me now. And if his mother so much as looks at me in a manner that displeases me, he will die. If she decides to be noble and takes her own life, he will die. You will provide me with an heir of pure blood, so that Commodus and his progeny will rule for a thousand years.
Am I not merciful? Commodus: If you're very good, tomorrow night I'll tell you the story of emperor Claudius who was betrayed by those closest to him, by his own blood. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something.
He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, "Tell me what you've been doing busy little bee or I shall strike down those dearest to you.
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You shall watch as I bathe in their blood. The little bee had wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done. And what do you think happened then, Lucius? Lucius Verus: I don't know, uncle. Commodus: The little bee told him everything. Gracchus: The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the Senate, it's the sand of the Colosseum. He'll bring them death and they will love him for it. Lucilla: Please be quiet, brother! Your constant scheming gives me even more of a headache! Lucilla: What did my father want with you?
Maximus: To wish me well before I leave for home. Lucilla: You're lying, I could always tell when you were lying because you were never any good at it. Maximus: I never acquired your comfort with it. Lucilla: True, but then you never had to, life is more simple for a soldier. Or do you think me heartless? Maximus: I think you have a talent for survival. Marcus Aurelius: [to his daughter Lucilla] If only you had been born a man, what a Caesar you would have made. Quintus: Maximus, please be careful, that wasn't prudent.
Maximus: Prudent? The Emperor has been slain. Maximus: [to Proximo] He killed the man who set you free. You simply won't Are we so different, you and I? You take life when you have to Commodus: Then take it now. And your wife Maximus: The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end. Gracchus: And after your glorious coup, what then? You take your five thousand and Maximus: Yes, I will leave. The soldiers will stay here for your protection, under the guidance of the Senate.
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Gracchus: So, after Rome's all yours, you just give it back to the people. Tell me why. Maximus: Because that was a dying man's last wish. I will kill Commodus. The fate of Rome, I leave to you. Gracchus: Marcus Aurelius trusted you. His daughter trusts you. I will trust you. Give me two days, and I will purchase your freedom. And you, stay alive, or I'll be dead. Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here? Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire. I told you to move those catapults forward. They're out of range.
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Maximus: Range is good. Quintus: A danger to the cavalry Maximus: Is acceptable. Sheathe your swords! Look at me!
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Promise me that you'll look after my family. Quintus: Your family will meet you in the afterlife. Proximo: I know that you are a man of your word, General. I know that you would die for honor, for Rome, for the memory of your ancestors. But as for me? I'm an entertainer. Maximus: Do you remember what it was to have trust, Proximo?
Proximo: [unfamiliarly] Trust?
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Maximus: [laughing] You knew Marcus Aurelius? Proximo: [very quickly and defensively] I didn't say I knew him, I said he touched me on the shoulder once! Maximus: [the negotiator is riding headless towards the army] They say, "No. I will not believe that they fought and died for nothing. Marcus Aurelius: And what would you believe? Maximus: They fought for you and for Rome. Marcus Aurelius: And what is Rome? It is brutal and cruel and dark. Rome is the light. Marcus Aurelius: Yet you have never been there. You have not seen what it has become. I am dying, Maximus. When a man sees his end How will the world speak my name in years to come?
Here too were answers to his concern that, in the absence of moral beliefs based on religion, we risk creating a world where relativism, the rejection of any sense of absolute right or wrong, prevails. In such a society any moral position is considered subjective and amoral behaviour is unchallengeable. Because the Meditations were jotted down in spare moments during a busy life ruling and defending a huge empire, they lack order and sequence.
Inspired by the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius, Stedall has sought to present the contents in a more contemporary and digestible way.