Marius the Epicurean, Volume 2

Walter PATER (1839 - 1894)

The conclusion of Pater's historico-philosophical novel about a young Roman nobleman's search for purpose and meaning. Set in the time of Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, the book traces its title character's encounters with the stoicism of Aurelius, Eastern philosophical and religious movements, and Christianity as they reacted with Marius's own innate Epicureanism. In exploring these issues, Pater focuses on themes of adult development, as he notes the impact of Marius's childhood experiences as they inform his adult thinking; the value of the aesthetic life (a favorite idea of Pater's); and the appeal of religion. In addition, the work is stylistically distinct for its attempt to use classical historical and philosophical texts to support and enrich a fictional narrative. (DrPGould with help from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Ancient

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 15 Stoicism at Court DrPGould
00:16:16
Play 02 Chapter 16 Second Thoughts DrPGould
00:22:26
Play 03 Chapter 17 Beata Urbs DrPGould
00:17:41
Play 04 Chapter 18 "The Ceremony of the Dart" DrPGould
00:24:56
Play 05 Chapter 19 The Will as Vision DrPGould
00:23:47
Play 06 Chapter 20 Two Curious Houses Pt. 1 Guests DrPGould
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Play 07 Chapter 21 TwoCurious Houses Pt. 2 The Church in Cecilia's House DrPGould
00:24:58
Play 08 Chapter 22 "The Minor Peace of the Church" DrPGould
00:27:11
Play 09 Chapter 23 Divine Service DrPGould
00:18:46
Play 10 Chapter 24 A Conversation not Imaginary DrPGould
00:44:21
Play 11 Chapter 25 Sunt Lacrimae Rerum DrPGould
00:18:58
Play 12 Chapter 26 The Martyrs DrPGould
00:14:33
Play 13 Chapter 27 The Triumph of Marcus Aurelius DrPGould
00:16:08
Play 14 Chapter 28 Anima Naturaliter Christiana DrPGould
00:25:06