TEHRAN – A Persian translation of the book by American author Ryan Holiday “The Boy Who Would Be King: A Fable about Marcus Aurelius” has arrived in Iranian bookstores.
First published by Kindle Edition in February 2021 with illustrations by Victor Juhasz, the book has been translated into Persian by Shahabeddin Abbasi. Nakhostin is the editor of the Persian edition.
It is one of the most incredible stories in all of history. A young boy, out of nowhere, is chosen to be the emperor of most of the known world.
What he learned, what he did, who he was, would resonate in eternity. In 138 AD, Hadrian, the emperor of Rome, chose Marcus Aurelius to succeed him. He knew that no one was born ready for the job, so he arranged for the education of the young boy.
The greatest philosophers of the day were commissioned to teach it, and they all embarked on the almost inhuman task of preparing someone for absolute power.
It’s a parable for life, really. Gods, fate, someone chooses something for us, calls us to something. are we going to respond? are we going to step up? Are we going to achieve greatness in us? Marc Aurèle did it.
Absolute power not only does not corrupt it, but also makes it better. We marvel at him centuries later – this man who thought that he would not be remembered, that posthumous fame was worth nothing – is now more famous than ever; a hero for millions.
Holiday is a media strategist for high profile clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney.
After leaving college at age 19 to apprentice to strategist Robert Greene, he advised many successful authors and multi-platinum musicians.
He is Director of Marketing at American Apparel, where his work in advertising is internationally recognized.
Its strategies are used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google, and have been featured in AdAge, The New York Times, Gawker, and Fast Company.
Photo: Cover of the Persian translation of Ryan Holiday’s book “The Boy Who Would Be King”.
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