Marcus is among the famous philosophers whose reputation heavily relies upon one of his cornerstone work which was recorded as Meditations. In his Med 11.33-38, the passage reveals the manner in which Marcus is attracted towards stoicism (Hadot 131). This journey is of significance based on this period of the 171-175 AD and the fame which Epictetus had gained especially in this second century where several early sources documented the way Epictetus was acknowledged among the most significant stoics of the time, famous than Plato.
The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius were very inciteful in understanding his campaigns. What is of interest in this paper is the passage on Meditation 5.16(Hadot 109). The interesting aspect in this passage that warrants the need to focus on them is the manner in which Marcus engages in a series of philosophical deeds. This journey in the meditation is very significant based on the fact the reflective exercises by Marcus are created to take in the philosophical concepts, with the aim of altering his character or “dye his soul” as he describes in his passages by the various theories (Hadot 112).
In Med 8.49, Marcus records in his passage a significant entry that assists a reader to understand the train of thought associated with him. Marcus mentions, “Do not say more to yourself than the first impression report.” This passage is of the essence due to the fact it offers a unique insight into the operations of Marcus. He talks about “first impressions” which are well known to come before judgment (Hadot 119). Here, Marcus reveals the way the happiness of humans is directly related to correct examinations of a person’s impressions or opinions.
Hadot, Pierre. The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Harvard University Press, 1998. Print.