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Book Review: Marcus Aurelius: A Guide For The Perplexed

Marcus Aurelius:  A Guide For The Perplexed, by William D. Stephens It is a good thing that a book like this exists, but in reading it I can’t help but think that anyone who can appreciate this particular book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Essential Marcus Aurelius

The Essential Marcus Aurelius, edited by Jacob Needleman and John P. Piazza You know how it is when a musician who only had an album or two of material starts to look less impressive than otherwise when one has an … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ruin Of The Roman Empire

The Ruin Of The Roman Empire:  A New History, by James J. O’Donnell It is not as if the author of this book is a total idiot.  There are at least some things that the author gets right–Justinian’s attempt to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Origin Of Empire

The Origin Of Empire:  Rome From The Republic To Hadrian What if empire was a bad thing?  This particular book deals with an interesting subject, the way that Rome acquainted itself with being an imperial power, and completely fumbles one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Warriors In Winter

Warriors In Winter (Magic Tree House #31), by Mary Pope Osborne Upon reading this book I was for some time mildly puzzled as to why it was that my library suggested this book as part of my reading on Marcus … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marcus Aurelius: A Life

Marcus Aurelius:  A Life, by Frank McLynn This book is a lengthy biography of Marcus Aurelius and one that balances praise and criticism of the noted ancient philosopher-emperor of Rome.  At times it is unclear whether the author is wishing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Meditations

Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius I must admit that I have a great deal of fondness in general for the Penguins classics series.  Not only are they low-cost (although I borrowed this particular one from the library), but they often provide … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Spiritual Teachings Of Marcus Aurelius

The Spiritual Teachings Of Marcus Aurelius, edited by Mark Forstater This book is a lot more enjoyable to read if you don’t know much about Marcus Aurelius’ thinking and writing than if you do.  The author, who obviously is far … Continue reading

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Whores Of Babylon

When I was in the latter years of elementary school, one of my great-grandfathers lived in a small travel trailer behind the house where I lived with my mother, brother, and maternal grandparents in the rural areas outside of Plant … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shadows In Bronze (Marcus Didius Falco #2)

Shadows In Bronze (Marcus Didius Falco #2), by Lindsey Davis This book, quite interestingly, picks up immediately where the previous volume finished, with a murder mystery that follows from the previous political plot that Didius Falco had solved, reminding the … Continue reading

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