Marcus Aurelius' "master-reason"

Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2013 02:59 pm
I am looking for a latin translation of the Stoic idea of the "master-reason", as described in the Maxwell Staniforth translation of Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations".

For example, Book 7:33 reads, "Of Pain. If it is past bearing, it makes an end of us; if it lasts, it can be borne. The mind, holding itself aloof from the body, retains its calm, and the MASTER-REASON remains unaffected. As for the parts injured by the pain, let them, if they can, declare their own grief."

At present I have settled on "ratio dominus", but I am no Latin scholar. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2013 03:07 pm
This makes me want to pick up Marcus again. No, not in latin, though I took four years of it a long time ago.

Just looked - my ratty small paperback from 1964 (heh, first edition, while crumbling) - was translated by George Long. Long said at that time that there had been ten translations up until then.
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Reply Sun 31 Mar, 2013 07:10 am
The original was written in Greek.
This is from the Latin translation posted at the St. Louis University website.
principalis animi pars
I do not know who made the Greek-Latin translation.

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