Sometimes when books are translated, they end up losing their original meaning and at times, their original impact. This is as a result of many things that happen in the process of translation. That is why it is quite rare to find well translated books that reflect the complete content and effect of the original book.
And when it comes to the “Meditations” book by Marcus Aurelius, it is no different.
The only translation that has done the best job is by Gregory Hays.
This is because the translation book is very coherent and has been written in plain easy English making the book very readable and understandable.
It has been found to be the best translation for most people thus far.
Inside this Meditations: A New Translation By Gregory Hays book review, I will be helping you understand the most essential areas of the book like the gist of it, some more meat of the book, comparison with another great book on this topic, the pro’s and con’s, customer reviews, video reviews on it, who the book is for, where best to buy it and my final thoughts on the book.
So, let us get rolling with it.
Name: Meditations: A new translation
Author: Gregory Hays
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: May 6, 2003
The Gist of The Book
This book is a translation of the original work of the emperor Marcus Aurelius in the book Meditations.
In this new translation, Hays carefully conveys information as it is in the original Greek text in a powerful but yet easy way that you can understand.
This book will definitely come in handy for you in understanding Meditations by Marcus Aurelius if you have been a huge fan of the emperor and his work.
The author of this translated edition is Gregory Hays.
I found out that he maintains an annotated bibliography of Fulgentius the Mythmaker. He is also an associate professor of classics at the University of Virginia.
Some More Meat of The Book
In this section, I will let you in on a few essential things about the book.
Meditations: A New Translation By Gregory Hays has commonly been referred to as the best translation version of the book.
In fact, it is recommend that you read it first before any other translations to understand the book in great depth (and I think to also help you see how in depth he tackled the book’s translation compared to the others that you will read after).
In the book, Gregory Hays writes in plain English and ensures that he makes Marcus’s words in the book fluent, short and effective as he initially meant them to be.
More importantly, Gregory took his time to source the translation of the book and I must say he did a great job with that.
Some of his sources include, modern editions of the Greek text, the Vatican, the commentary on the Greek text by A.S.L. Farquharson among others.
His intent in this book is to provide an easily readable and understandable text for readers one that will not move away from the original version of the book. The effort he put into the book can be seen in the book itself as I believe you will be able to see.
You are going to love the book.
Who is The Book For?
The book targets anyone that has been really interested in the book “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius in English.
Pro’s and Con’s of The Book
* The book has been found to make the best translation
* The book is simple to read and understand
* The author used a lot of greek sources to make sure not a symbol lost its power in the text
* Some people have said that the book is still a bit too wordy. If you ask me, the extra words, if any, have been added to keep the intended meaning of the book in the new translation.
Meditations: A New Translation By Gregory Hays Vs Meditations: Penguin Great Ideas
Meditations: Penguin Great Ideas is another book that attempted to make a translation of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. It has done a fairly good job though you will see a great difference between it and the one done by Gregory.
I encourage you to read of them both and see what I am telling you.
Customer Reviews on The Book
I took time to look at what people that have read the book were saying and this is what I got:
Starting with the positive reviews,
* A reader said that the book is an excellent edition of the greatest text ever written.
* Another reader said that the book is one of the greatest stoic philosophers.
* A reader also said that the book is a brief, description without spoilers.
* There was also a reader that said the book is brutal, dry, refreshing and moving.
* Another reader said that the book is one of the best books he has ever read about anything.
On the negative side,
* A reader said that the translations in the book could have been better. This reader could be right based on what he expected but personally, I would say that I feel the author did his best considering all the individuals and organizations he got help from. Also, there was only one person who said this. The majority loved the work.
There is this video I saw that tackles the gist of the original book which I would encourage you to watch and get to see what topics to expect in the book and to know how well they have been covered in the translation as the guy in the video explains. Here is the video.
Where Best To Order Your Copy
Meditations: A New Translation By Gregory Hays book is available on many platforms but I recommend that you purchase it on www.amazon.com. This is because I find buying from the store to have so many benefits because you get:
* Free access to prime reading
* Free shipping for print book
* No extra cost once you get one kindle first ebook a month
* Free access to audible channels and so much more
As I conclude this review I would like you to remember that from the book you will:
* Get to read Marcus Aurelius original work with the best translation thus far.
My Final Thoughts on the Book
This is a great book to help you understand the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius at a deeper level. If you have always loved the words, the way of thinking and the approach to meditation of Marcus, then this is book you simply want to add to your book shelf.
And that is all about this book.
I would really love to hear your thoughts, opinions and comments as well as questions on the book. I will be waiting for them.
Here’s to the best translation of Marcus’ work!