Historical Who is Who

AURELIUS, Marcus

121-180CE
Italy
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS

 

Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor 161-80. His reign was informed by a sense of personal duty to serve the needs of the people of his extended empire. Unusually, his reflections setting out a justification for his actions in his writings during a year of military campaigning have survived as his Meditations. They have been widely read since, not least by others political leaders. Persecuting Christians he saw as a necessary part of his preservation of the good natural order of society.

Life

http://www.iep.utm.edu/marcus

Warning against over-rating http://www.iep.utm.edu/marcus

Writings

Meditations http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.html

 

 

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