“The Emperor’s Handbook” By Emperor Marcus Aurelius A Translation by NW Orthodox Translator

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The Emperor’s Handbook (FB) (Meditations) by Emperor Marcus Aurelius a translation by NW Translator David Hicks.


Emperor Marcus Aurelius-Hail Ceaser!

“Book 2, chapter 5

[1] Πάσης ὥρας φρόντιζε στιβαρῶς ὡς Ῥωμαῖος καὶ ἄρρην τὸ ἐν χερσὶ μετὰ τῆς ἀκριβοῦς καὶ ἀπλάστου σεμνότητος καὶ φιλοστοργίας καὶ ἐλευθερίας καὶ δικαιότητος πράσσειν καὶ σχολὴν ἑαυτῶι ἀπὸ πασῶν τῶν ἄλλων φαντασιῶν πορίζειν. [2] ποριεῖς δέ, ἂν ὡς ἐσχάτην τοῦ βίου ἑκάστην πρᾶξιν ἐνεργῆις, ἀπηλλαγμένος πάσης εἰκαιότητος καὶ ἐμπαθοῦς ἀποστροφῆς ἀπὸ τοῦ αἱροῦντος λόγου καὶ ὑποκρίσεως καὶ φιλαυτίας καὶ δυσαρεστήσεως πρὸς τὰ συμμεμοιραμένα. [3] ὁρᾶις, πῶς ὀλίγα ἐστίν, ὧν κρατήσας τις δύναται εὔρουν καὶ θεουδῆ βιῶσαι βίον· καὶ γὰρ οἱ θεοὶ πλέον οὐδὲν ἀπαιτήσουσι παρὰ τοῦ ταῦτα φυλάσσοντος.

– ed. Joachim Dalfen (Teubner, 1987)

Every hour be firmly resolved, as becomes a Roman and a man, to accomplish the work at hand with fitting and unaffected dignity, good will, freedom, and justice. Banish from your thought all other considerations. This is possible if you perform each act as if it were your last, rejecting every frivolous distraction, every denial of the rule of reason, every pretentious gesture, vain show, and whining complaint against the decrees of fate. Do you see what little is required of a man to live a well-tempered and god-fearing life? Obey these precepts, and the gods will ask nothing more.

– TEH (Scribner, 2002) ” ( From the TEH Website)

“It’s been over a decade since my brother and I translated and produced, with the help of Charles Scribner & Son, THE EMPEROR’S HANDBOOK (TEH), otherwise known as the Meditations of the second-century Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Since then, Hollywood has rewritten history and made Commodus (Joachim Phoenix) the murderer of his father (Richard Harris), and Maximus (Russell Crowe) the avenger of the parricide. Since then, our work has been translated yet again into Korean and Portuguese, and other translations and lives of Marcus have appeared both in America and throughout the world. Presumably, all of these works are selling as briskly as ours continues to do. ”  Just click to read more. (from the TEH website)


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