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The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

4.54  ·  Rating Details ·  218 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today--as they have been over the centuries--as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy. Yet the clarity and ease of the work's style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent historian o ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published August 25th 1998 by Harvard University Press (first published November 4th 1992)
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Jan 21, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
I love Aurelius. This is a pretty good explanation of how he rolls.
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Nov 28, 2013 Timothy Kestrel rated it it was amazing
If my house was on fire and I had time to grab just one thing before I rushed out, it would be this book.
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Jan 14, 2017 Euan Semple rated it really liked it
This thorough, detailed, rigourous, but eminently readable exploration of Marcus Aurlius's Meditations offers a fascinating insight into the themes and patterns of the 12 books. Backed up by descriptions of the history of the manuscripts and other academic writings about them, Hadot’s enthusiasm and admiration of the man he is writing about comes across. I was left with the impression that very little has changed in the concerns and worries of mankind over 2000 years and enjoyed reading about ho ...more
Christopher Porzenheim
Has your life ever been changed by a book? The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius changed mine. Books that do this are necessarily rare. But even rarer than books that change your life are the books that change the way you understand life changing books. The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot is this rarest of book, it has fundamentally changed the way I understand the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius for the better.

If you want to better understand Marcus Aurelius, you want to read this book. Marcus’s stoi
Feb 15, 2016 Ajay rated it really liked it
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Aurelius' Meditations is one of my favorite works, I try to re-read it at the start of every year, this book added a layer to how I understand and think about the book. Recommended to those who find value in Meditations, and perhaps stoicism more generally (Hadot does extensively quote from Aurelius' work, so you might not need to have read it to benefit from this book.).
Ross Cohen
Apr 26, 2015 Ross Cohen rated it it was amazing
In "The Inner Citadel," Hadot reveals the system behind Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations," with clarity, sensitivity, and grace. He presents a fully-formed image of the world's most powerful man working on making himself a better man. Essential reading.
Taylor Grayson
Jan 03, 2015 Taylor Grayson rated it liked it
Boring. So much jargon and metaphysics. This is why nerds bore people at parties.
Dec 09, 2016 Marc-André rated it it was ok
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I didn`t really enjoy reading Aurelius, and this is not so different. I`d recommend Epictetus rather. ...more
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Nov 30, 2014 Du Nguyen rated it really liked it
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The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot is an analysis of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. In The Inner Citadel, Hadot strives to organize the writings of Aurelius into stoic themes and provide a perspective of Aurelius, his context and his writings.

The book is excellent in explaining a lot of the stoic concepts. It starts providing a picture of who Aurelius was. The chapter on his upbringing is especially interesting and provides a view into his philosophical education. The background information
Nick Short
A marvel. True scholarship.

With precise seriousness and full of the kindest of feelings for his readers, Pierre Hadot offers his authority on perhaps the most remarkable book in existance, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus's Meditations.
Jun 24, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it
An excellent companion to The Meditations- largely free of redundancy, and rich in biographical, lexical, and historiographical context. This seems accessible to a lay audience, though perhaps with a bit of difficulty on their part, but generally seems best suited to those with a background in the classics or academic philosophy who want a bit of lighter material on the side. Recommended.
Karl Nordenstorm
Jun 29, 2016 Karl Nordenstorm rated it it was ok
I see myself as a stoic, loved Epictetus and thoroughly enjoyed Seneca and Rufus, but Marcus Aurelius - nope. He is boring. There is nothing provoking about his writings, nothing that makes you want to argue with him, nothing that is fun. Another thing: Aurelius is very heavy on stoic jargon. He does not write in plain words.
May 30, 2012 Colin rated it it was amazing
An absolutely brilliant exploration of the thought of Marcus Aurelius and his writings on Stoicism. A must-read for any scholarly Stoic, in my opinion (that is, if the more cerebral aspects, including linguistic and such, appeal to you).
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Dec 25, 2015 Kevin Mencarelli rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book. As usual very in-depth and insightful. One needs to read this book at least twice to get its full impact. It is stuffed with greatness.
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Jan 26, 2014 Les Johnson rated it it was amazing
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This is an outstanding piece of scholarship; both in the original and the translation. A must read.
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It fine for a text book.
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Pierre Hadot (né à Paris, le 21 février 1922 - mort à Orsay, le 25 avril 2010) est un philosophe, historien et philologue français, spécialiste de l'antiquité, profond connaisseur de la période hellénistique et en particulier du néoplatonisme et de Plotin. Pierre Hadot est l'auteur d'une œuvre développée notamment autour de la notion d'exercice spirituel et de philosophie comme manière de vivre.

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