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1 Philosophers of the Early Roman Empire Liam Boogar During the transition between the late Republic and as the Roman Empire began to take form, philosophers and orators of the time began writing down their thoughts in the Latin language. Great orators of the times, such as Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, began writing down their opinions and philosophies on life. What’s key to remember is the roles each played in daily life. Cicero was, in addition to an esteemed orator, a politician of the 1 st Century BCE. Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome a couple hundred years later. In this essay, we will compare Cicero’s opinions as expressed in On Obligations with Marcus Aurelius’ views as expressed in Meditations . It is not always so simple to compare two authors’ views, because it is not often that each author is attempting to answer the same question or prove the same point. In Meditations , Aurelius seems to focus on the topic of death and how, despite an imminent ending, we must all strive to lead great lives with moral standards of his choosing. Cicero’s On Obligations , on the other hand, does not so much focus on death and chooses to discuss the order of man’s obligations and details his own definition of an ‘honorable action.’ However, within these two arguments, common topics are addressed and opinions expressed. Both authors begin with their opinion on the basic honorable traits of man. Marcus Aurelius presents this in the form of associating honorable traits with figures that have been present in his life in some way, where as Cicero uses it to begin his argument on ‘obligation.’ Marcus Aurelius mentions “Character and self-control…integrity…[and] reverence for the divine” among many attributes, as well as minding one’s own business
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2 and not wasting time on nonsense (Meditations 5). These attributes will later become clearer as Aurelius furthers his discussion of life and death. Other attributes like training and discipline one’s character, “independence and unvarying reliability” as well as being able to “recognize malice, cunning and hypocrisy” all later play a role in Aurelius’ views (Meditations 7). However, just taking these attributes out of context, it is clear that
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