Looking for a thought-provoking book that describes the heart and mind of an Epicurean making his way centuries ago? For me Marius is more like "lifetime" reading than "summer reading".
This is a remarkable book in my opinion. It is about Marius' "career" during the years of Marcus Aurelius. Marius persists in deepening his understanding of himself and the philosophy he makes his own. Pater's reputation for beautiful, challenging writing is well-earned.
You can learn more about Pater's work and Marius' life journey at wikipedia and elsewhere.