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By Walter Pater Michael Levey | Comments: ( 118 ) | Date: ( Nov 13, 2019 )

It was as a critic and a humanist that Pater 1839 1894 , professor at Oxford, became a powerful influence on his own and succeeding generations, claiming disciples as diverse as Virginia Woolf and Ezra Pound This has been described as the most highly finished of all his works and the expression of his deepest thought It is the story of Marius, the grave and thoughtfulIt was as a critic and a humanist that Pater 1839 1894 , professor at Oxford, became a powerful influence on his own and succeeding generations, claiming disciples as diverse as Virginia Woolf and Ezra Pound This has been described as the most highly finished of all his works and the expression of his deepest thought It is the story of Marius, the grave and thoughtful man whose reactions to the diverse philosophical forces of his times the Golden Book of Lucius Apuleius, the stoicism of Marcus Aurelius, the tranquil beauties of the old Roman religion, and the lurid horrors of the Christian persecution are interestingly and imaginatively depicted.


  • Title: Marius the Epicurean
  • Author: Walter Pater Michael Levey
  • ISBN: 9780140432367
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback

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  • BillKerwin

    Somerset Maugham once dismissed this book as “boring.” But other great books are “boring” too. I have read—and enjoyed—Moby Dick and Ulysses, but there are passages in each that—at least for me--never fail to bring out the yawns. (The worst come when Melville channels Shakespeare, when Joyce visits a Dublin whorehouse.)Marius the Epicurean is the account of the coming of age of a young patrician in the age of Marcus Aurelius. Like its near contemporary, Huysmans' Against Nature, it [...]


  • Roxana Russo

    My favorite novel of all time. I will admit that it requires some classical erudition for full appreciation (philosophy and knowledge on the court of Marcus Aurelius), however great aesthetic pleasure can be had without it. What I enjoyed most about the novel was Marius' explorations through different philosophical systems via men. This novel is intensely homosocial; all of his profound intellectual experiences come from relationships with other males, beautiful in their dignity and knowledge. T [...]


  • Chet Herbert

    eloquence murdered by commas


  • John

    I may say I read an old Everyman copy, not the recent Penguin. I have owned this for many years but finally read it. It is not so much a historical novel as a philosophical meditation in the form of a historical novel -- about as far from what my mother called the "lusty, busty, gusty"style as it is posssible to be. In effect, it is a working out in story form of Lorenzo Valla's argument that Epicureanismis closer to Christianity than Stoicism is.Since Pater was a noted writer on the Renaissance [...]


  • Monty Milne

    This is an overwritten, overwrought book by a Victorian bachelor Oxford don trying to wrestle up his weak Christian convictions and wrestle down his obvious homoerotic desires, all infused with a bittersweet nostalgia for the pagan past and the philosophers and poets of classical antiquity. There are times in my life when I would have lapped this up and thought it wonderful; but no longer. I read it in the depths of winter (and often brought to mind the face of Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius [...]


  • Colin Heber-Percy

    I'd been looking forward to reading this. And I'm afraid I was disappointed. There are some wonderful aspects to Marius the Epicurean - especially his extraordinary evocation of Rome and the empire under Marcus Aurelius. But the fabled prose! It's clotted and turgid and stifling. You're dying of thirst and the only thing to drink is Cointreau. Sticky and thick and sends you to sleep.


  • Nothing

    Simultaneously the most boring, prolix, pointless and yet wondrous Bildungsroman ever written. Not of our time.


  • Helen Murray

    My classmates in Decadence and the Modern tend to disagree with me, but I absolutely loved this book. Projected onto the loose narrative of a Roman's man coming of age and entrance into intellectual maturity, it has profoundly affected my aesthetic sensibilities and perceptions of subjectivity. The very textual elements my peers found to criticise here are what I love about the novel: it is true that there is only a very loose episodic narrative. Time is not clearly delineated; there is little d [...]


  • Eric

    Submitted this as a third entry to the Gaddis Annotations (I've one here, another here) though it doesn't appear to have made an appearance there. Basically, Gaddis got the immortal line--the one about the procession, which makes a tangle of the opening paragraph--from Pater's novel. If you will:"But for the monotonous intonation of the liturgy by the priests, clad in their strange, stiff, antique vestments, and bearing ears of green corn upon their heads, secured by flowing bands of white, the [...]


  • Steven

    I'm torn about this book. One could read this as a treatment of Rome's decline and the rise of Christianity: a fictive history, I suppose, through the eyes of Marius. You could also read it as a history of ideas. Embodied in the character of Marcus Aurelius is the stoic philosophy of detachment and high reason. Embodied in the character of Marius' childhood friend, Flavius, and later, Cornelius, is the Epicurean virtue of reason abstracted from experience based in the real world. Marius wrestles [...]


  • Douglas Dalrymple

    Looking over my resume as a reader, you might think I would have enjoyed Pater’s masterpiece more than I did. I’m well read, a lover of classical history and philosophy, and Pater’s references (or the majority of them) are not lost on me. And yet I find it difficult to muster much enthusiasm for Marius the Epicurean. At its best, in Pater’s vignettes of social and religious life, Marius improves upon Margueritte Yourcenar’s wonderful Memoirs of Hadrian. Pater was a great scholar and is [...]


  • E.J.

    After becoming fascinated by the writers of the Decadent Movement of the 1890s, I finally decided to read the novel so often lauded as the inspiration for the movement itself. Pater's prose is indeed lovely, but it has a dated heaviness common to its Victorian time. More than that, however, this is a novel of a Classical academic, full of references beyond the reach of anyone who is unfamiliar with Ancient Greek and Roman Classicism. Even so, Pater's descriptions of the waning years of Ancient R [...]


  • Michel Van Goethem

    Marius the Epicurean by Walter Horatio Pater (4 August 1839 – 30 July 1894) was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and fiction writer, regarded as one of the great stylists. His works on Renaissance subjects were popular but controversial, reflecting his lost belief in Christianity. In his philosophical novel Marius the Epicurean (1885), an extended imaginary portrait set in the Rome of the Antonines, which Pater believed had parallels with his own century, he examines the "sensatio [...]


  • Kat

    What a relief that is finished. It was far too taxing for me. Here's an example of a sentence:Conceded that what is secure in our existence is but the sharp apex of the present moment between two hypothetical eternities, and all that is real in our experience but a series of fleeting impressions:--so Marius continued the sceptical argument he had condensed, as the matter to hold by, from his various philosophical reading:--given, that we are never to get beyond the walls of the closely shut cell [...]


  • Clayton

    Another of the "Dorian Gray" books, Marius the Epicurean shows itself a very strong influence on Wilde. Wilde's rambunctious prose is anticipated in Pater's book, and there are very few passages that don't sheer, unquestionable style. The story of a young man experimenting with the various philosophies and religions of Ancient Rome on his search for happiness, Marius the Epicurean is alternately sad and fascinating, and Pater guides the reader through Marius's journey of discovery while explorin [...]


  • Allan Olley

    This very sedate book is a mildly diverting meditation on classical Roman life and religion at the dawn of the Christian era. The main character is a somewhat pensive individual strangely drawn to religious ceremony despite the titular Epicureanism adopted later in life. The actual doctrines of Epicureanism make little if any appearance in this text, but one senses the author has some familiarity with them. The entire book feels as though it is making subtle and gross references to aspects of Ro [...]


  • Rozonda

    I have read many of the authors that helped create my admired Oscar Wilde's philosophy and style (Ruskin, Renan, Pater) and Walter Pater is the only one i have really liked. Marius is a difficult yet beautiful book- about a young, sensitive man in Marcus Aurelius' Rome which isn't fully satisfied in his spiritual search neither by the Roman religion nor by the philosophies of the era, although he finds beauty and values in both of them. Finally, he decides to approach the nascent Christian relig [...]


  • Jill Hudson

    Like most historical fiction, this book tells us as much about the period in which it was written (Victorian/Romantic) as it does about the one in which it is set (Ancient Rome under Marcus Aurelius). Yet it is none the less beautiful for all that. I wondered if it was one of the influences on my idol Mary Renault, with its languid descriptions of sunny Mediterranean landscapes and hints of homo-eroticism. It's mostly about the protagonist's search for the meaning of life, and can be a challengi [...]


  • Sarah

    This is a quiet book. I suspect Pater was trying to bring to life a world of the past that represented a possible better future. The profound feeling for nature and for tradition. The genuinely "liberal" education which made a young patrician man grow up independent and thoughtful. The deep love and friendship between men who were kindred philosophical spirits, the classical reverence for friendship. The Epicurean philosophy -- which, the way Pater describes it, has an eerily modern information- [...]


  • Evan

    One of the best works of fiction I've read and some of the finest prose. Every moment - every epiphanic description - exists for its own sake and not just to further the plot. The work's weakness, though, is its philosophical untidiness. There seemed to be a multitude of special perceptive moments but in the end I couldn't summarize the author's main point. And Pater also makes naive mistakes when interpreting Aurelius' "Meditations" - for example, he confuses the idea of non-resistance with a l [...]


  • Will

    "That preoccupation of the dilettante with what might seem mere details of form, after all, did but serve the purpose of bringing to the surface, sincerely and in their integrity, certain strong personal intuitions, a certain vision or apprehension of things as really being, with important results, thus, rather than thus,—intuitions which the artistic or literary faculty was called upon to follow, with the exactness of wax or clay, clothing the model within."


  • Richard

    A unique and brilliant book, extraordinarily difficult and painstaking to read. A lot of deep Greek philosophy and side bars into other areas. Seems to be autobiographical in parts, but really there’s nothing else like this writer. Recommended for the truly cultured.


  • James Violand

    A Roman searches for a faith that satisfies and visits various places to taste each. Often, he is confused for a Christian during persecution and at his death, those caring for him assume he is one by his gentleness. A good read and an interesting journey for a philosopher.


  • Virgowriter (Brad Windhauser)

    Hated this book. Nothing happens. Perhaps some interesting meditations on religions but not philosophizing does not make a novel. By today's standards the prose is annoyingly overwritten.


  • David

    super good book of my favortes


  • Megan

    Amazingly boring. I think a piece of my soul died while reading this book. If you haven't heard of it until now, you now know why.


  • Clara

    I think this was ok - but I don't really remember?


  • Deanne

    Tried to like this book but it was very dry, Marius comes across as a bit wet behind the ears.


  • Jamie

    Meh. eh.


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