Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

LCL 58: 2-3

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Marcus Aurelius

ΜΑΡΚΟΥ ΑΥΡΗΛΙΟΥ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟΥ

ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΕΙΣ ΕΑΥΤΟΝ

ΒΙΒΛΙΟΝ Α

α΄. Παρὰ τοῦ πάππου Οὐήρου, τὸ καλόηθες καὶ ἀόργητον.

β΄. Παρὰ τῆς δόξης καὶ μνήμης τῆς περὶ τοῦ γεννήσαντος, τὸ αἰδῆμον καὶ ἀρρενικόν.

γ΄. Παρὰ τῆς μητρός, τὸ θεοσεβὲς καὶ μεταδοτικόν· καὶ ἀφεκτικὸν οὐ μόνον τοῦ κακοποιεῖν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τοῦ ἐπὶ ἐννοίας γίνεσθαι τοιαύτης· ἔτι δὲ τὸ λιτὸν κατὰ τὴν δίαιταν καὶ πόρρω τῆς πλουσιακῆς διαγωγῆς.

δ΄. Παρὰ τοῦ προπάππου, τὸ μὴ εἰς δημοσίας διατριβὰς φοιτῆσαι, καὶ τὸ ἀγαθοῖς διδασκάλοις κατ᾿ οἶκον χρήσασθαι, καὶ τὸ γνῶναι, ὅτι εἰς τὰ τοιαῦτα δεῖ ἐκτενῶς ἀναλίσκειν.

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Book I

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

the Emperor to Himself

Book I

1. From my Grandfather Verus,1 a kindly disposition and sweetness of temper.

2. From what I heard of my Father2 and my memory of him, modesty and manliness.

3. From my Mother, the fear of God, and generosity; and abstention not only from doing ill but even from the very thought of doing it; and furthermore to live the simple life,3 far removed from the habits of the rich.

4. From my Grandfather’s Father,4 to dispense with attendance at public schools, and to enjoy good teachers at home,5 and to recognize that on such things money should be eagerly spent.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_aurelius-meditations.1916