MARCUS AURELIUS

The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome at a time when it was past its zenith as a world power. A philosopher, he spent much of his life stationed on the Danube, in a defensive war against Teutonic tribes. The journal he kept at this time was subsequently published as The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, which has become one of the most well-loved and accessible works of philosophy that is to be found. He inspired figures as diverse as Bill Clinton and the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, who claims to have read the Meditations 100 times.
‘Philosophy is a modest profession, all simplicity and plain dealing. Never try to seduce me into solemn pretentiousness.’
He is a useful purgative for our bloated times. ‘You can discard most of the junk that clutters your mind and clear space for yourself’.

With the Meditations we have a privileged insight into the mind of someone who was both a man of action and a contemplative. He does not write about strategy and conquest, but about his fear of death, his weaknesses as a leader, the tug of desire. 'The art of living,' he says, 'is more like wrestling than dancing.' His voice is sceptical, humanitarian, and humble.  For all his remoteness in time and stature, he achieves the remarkable feat of speaking to contemporary man.

Stride has created the following 3 ways of engaging with Marcus'  Philosophy:

1  A reading group on the Meditations in collaboration with the Centre for Plato Studies in Trinity College, Dublin.

2  Weekend Workshops. These introduce participants to the practice of Marcus'  Meditations, including his practice of Prosoche, the Flight of the Soul, the Meditation on Mortality and the Three Disciplines of the Soul.

3  Walking Philosophy: an individual introduction to Marcus' Meditations lasting for 2 hours and including the practice of Prosoche, the Flight of the Soul, and the Three Disciplines of the Soul.



  'The workshop was unconventional, refreshing - the topic of self-development is a great one.' - Tuomas Kuronen, GloStra Global Strategy.