Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Meditations of
Marcus Aurelius


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Frequently Asked Questions

This is the Verissimus FAQ v1.0

I. Questions relating to the blog itself.
II. Questions about Meditations
III. Questions about Marcus Aurelius
IV. Questions about John Furie Zacharias
V. Questions about questions.

[^]  I. Questions relating to Verissimus, the blog itself.

Q. What is a blog?
A. Blog is short for web log.  Web logs are typically used as online diaries.

Q. If most blogs are used as diaries, why doesn't this one have time/date stamps?
A. I MacGyvered my time/date stamps and other blog functions for other purposes since Marcus Aurelius blogged his Meditations over 1800 years ago.  The other sections contain cutting edge info.

Q. Why is it called Verissimus?
A. The Roman emperor Hadrian nicknamed Marcus, Verissimus, which means most true or sincere.  I thought it was an appropriate name for a blog with the philosopher-king's Meditations because philosophy, like religion, is something about which most people usually think about, discuss, form their own opinions and make determinations of its applicability, usefulness or veracity.

Q. What's the difference between READ and DISCUSS on the left side panel?
A. The main difference is in how Meditations is presented to you to read.  I set it up so you could just read one blog entry or verse after another and READ Meditations as you would in a book.  I purposely left out hyperlinks in the text itself for this reason.  But I felt strongly that the benefit of the work of putting nearly 500 entries online would be in the usefulness of the comments functions at to DISCUSS, and perhaps learn more from it.  The shorter answer is to say, try both and see for yourself.

Q. What is a permalink?
A. Clicking on the permalink will give you the archive URL (web address) of the blog entry or that particular verse of Meditations for bookmarking, favorites, quotation, or reference purposes.  The URL is not in the typical date format and the presentation of the page is also different.

Q. Why does clicking on some links automatically open a new window?
A. It was simply my choice.  I thought it might be more useful to have something like the glossary open in a new window so you could check something out without losing your place in the reading.

[^II. Questions about Meditations

Q.  Why is it called Meditations?
A. Well, I think because he wrote them for himself and not for anyone else to read.  I think that's ironic, too.

Q. What's up with the misspelling of words?
A. It's just British English spelling ... honour instead of honor, etc.

Q. And what's up with using Thee and Thou, instead of Me and You?
A. I dunno ... I imagine like the translated King James Version bible, it just the English-speaking translator's choice.  Same deal goes for the annoying -est suffix conjugated onto the end of some verbs, I thinkest.

Q. Are there other translations of it?
A. Yes, and into many languages.  The following is a list of the chief English translations of Marcus Aurelius: (1) By Meric Casaubon, 1634; (2) Jeremy Collier, 1701; (3) James Thomson, 1747; (4) R. Graves, 1792; (5) H. McCormac, 1844; (6) George Long, 1862; (7) G. H. Rendall, 1898; and (8) J. Jackson, 1906.

Q. What is this source for Meditations?
A. Well, for the purposes of thesis papers, the source I used to proof the text here would be my personal copy of Encyclopaedia Britannica - Britannica Great Books of the Western World, volume 12, (c) 1952, Meditations  translated by George Long (1862).  I also included most of Long's footnotes in brackets like [this].

Q. Anything else?
A. Yes.  Feel free to cut and paste into your papers.  While I can't guarantee that the entire thing is completely error-free, it's probably better than the disappointment I found at and other universities ... I manually transcribed more than half of the books of Meditations. (Dammit, Jim, I'm a bricklayer -- not a stenographer!)

[^III. Questions about Marcus Aurelius

Q. When will you put something here?
A. When I make time to organize some info. It's also just a place holder for answers to actual questions asked in the comments sections.

Q. What do you supposed someone might ask?
A. I honestly don't know.  I mean, I have already included a biography and 490 pages of his friggin' diary online here at Verissimus ... but, there may be some added trivia about Marcus Aurelius to be learned.  I discover a little more everyday.

[^IV. Questions about John Furie Zacharias

Q. Isn't it a little pretentious to give yourself a section in this FAQ?
A. Maybe.  However, I have had to frequently answer questions about this topic.  And since I know it would be homocidally tedious and annoying to chat with you about it, I figured I should just come up with some pithy pre-emptive propaganda.

Q. Do you enjoy alliteration?
A. It seems so, silly.

Q. Where have I seen your name before?
A. Clive Barker created me in his novel Imajica.

Q. Are you a Stoic?
A. Lately, I have been.  I connected with the idea that most material things are not very meaningful to one's own happiness because they are fleeting things with little endurance.  There's some truth in that.  There are other things in the Meditations to which I can relate but I'll save that for potential future discussions in the comment sections.  Really, I'm a Digital Stoic, perhaps. 

[^V. Questions about questions.

Q. What is the nature of the universe?

Q. What is the nature of man's soul?

Q. Is the combined consciousness of all those who have lived before us, and those who are alive now, and even those that will be born in the future -- combined into the memory, reality and imagination of a universal mind -- called God?

Q. Could science eventually explain what some ancient philosophers imagined about the nature of things but spoke of in terms whose meanings have changed over the centuries and by translation from one language to another and then still another?


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