The Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius

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The Floating Press, Mar 1, 2011 - Philosophy - 215 pages
In addition to the acclaim he garnered as a military leader and as Roman Emperor in the years 161 to 180, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus is regarded as one of the key figures in the philosophical school of thought known as Stoicism. This collection of essays and aphorisms offers a comprehensive introduction to Marcus Aurelius' unique take on life and leadership.
 

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Contents

A Biographical Sketch
4
The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
24
The Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius
54
I
55
II
64
III
71
IV
79
V
93
VII
120
VIII
135
IX
149
X
162
XI
175
XII
187
Index of Terms
197
Endnotes
205

VI
106

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Born in Rome, in 121, Marcus Aurelius was one of the most respected emperors in Roman history. When he was 17, Aurelius was adopted by emperor Antonius Pius and succeeded him in A.D. 161. He ruled jointly with his adoptive brother, Lucius Verus, until 169, when he became sole emperor after Verus died. Although Aurelius was a humanitarian ruler, he accepted the view that Christians were the enemies of Rome. Aurelius was dovoted to the Stoic philosophy. Meditations, his spiritual reflections, is considered a classic work of stoicism. Written in Greek, the work comprises of twelve books and records his innermost thoughts. Meditations is his only surviving work. Aurelius died in 180 while prosecuting war against the Marcomanni who lived along the northern limits of the Roman Empire. After his death Aurelius was idealized as the perfect emperor whose reign contrasted sharply with the disastrous period before him and the reigns that followed.

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