Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar, Grace Frick (Translation) << Read

Memoirs of HadrianMemoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A multi-faceted look into the life of one of the 5 good emperors who ruled Rome for close to 100 years. This book details Hadrian's rise to power through the military and civil administration, his early years as emperor of "the world", middle age (where he loved and lost), and his final years as the most powerful man in the world. Two themes prevalent through Hadrian's life (with the exception of his final years) were the pursuit of pleasure and meaning, which I believe with his Hellenistic leanings, was trying to find one through the other. Throughout the book his actions probably seem strange or base when viewed from a Christian morality that had not yet permeated Western civilization, but in the context of the times, I can only guess that his actions were seen as normal for someone in the upper class of Rome.



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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Discourses by Epictetus << Read

The DiscoursesThe Discourses by Epictetus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


There's so much to learn from the Roman Stoics that a review here wouldn't come close to capturing the essence of what this book is about. Those who do read it will be amazed at the amount of 2000 year old wisdom they can apply to their lives today.



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