Sat, Apr 17|
Marcus Aurelius: Part I
In honor of Marcus Aurelius' birthday we explore his person, history, and his Meditations and contributions to Stoicism, as the last Stoic philosopher of the classical age.
Time & Location
Apr 17, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+2
About the Event
Greetings fellow Stoics!
Today we will dive deeply into Marcus Aurelius. He's the last Stoic philosopher of the late Stoic period, after whom the original Hellenistic period in which the Stoic school thrived came to an end. Marcus Aurelius is an idiosyncratic member of the Stoic school, in part because he never published his work or made public his Stoic philosophy while he was alive, and in part because he didn't so much create new philosophy as he reiterated the knowledge he gained from the likes of Epictetus and Heraclitus entirely with his own words; he truly absorbed the philosophy and we've all encountered quotes from his work, perhaps even as a gateway into our Stoic journey.
This is the first part of a two-event series discussing Marcus Aurelius. There's no prerequisite of knowledge on this topic or even of Stoicism in general to attend this meetup. Please attend regardless of your experience! This applies to both part of this series.
Please read Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which you can find for free in the following link: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Meditations There is no single translation we force you to read; indeed it will be interesting if readers of different translations will make different conclusions or find different interpretations.
You can also post further recommended reading on the topic or related topics in our discussion forum: https://www.berlinstoics.com/forum/recommendations/marcus-aurelius.
For today's forum we will run the two hours as a discussion of theory and application. We don't partition the time, but we will always connect the theory to practice. Please submit Leitfragen/prompts you would like discussed either here in our forum https://www.berlinstoics.com/forum/weekly-leitfragen-prompts/april-17-24-2021-marcus-aurelius-leitfragen or in our Telegram group chat (more on this below). You can submit yours right up until the start of the meet and Steve will select a few to cover.
A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by contacting us with your cell number and we'll add you. (2) The link to this event will be posted between 20 and 10 minutes ahead of the start time, and we use https://meet.jit.si/ for our video conferencing. (3) Lastly, we have recently been streaming our events live on youtube and saving them on file, especially for those who cannot make particular events; at the start of each event, Steve will of course ask if everyone is okay or anyone has a problem with this.
We look forward to seeing you there!