HUM101 - Marcus Aurelius Term Paper

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MARCUS AURELIUS ~ EMPEROR AND PHILOSOPHER 1 Marcus Aurelius Emperor and Philosopher Melinda B. Kelley Strayer University - Florence, KY
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MARCUS AURELIUS ~ EMPEROR AND PHILOSOPHER 2 Emperor and Philosopher Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Aurelius) was born into a wealthy family in Rome, Italy on 26 th April A.D. 121 to Marcus Annius Verus and Domitia Lucilla. As stated in the Introduction of “Meditations” after the death of his father (Aurelius was still a young child at the time) his grandfather, also named Marcus Annis Verus adopted him. (Rees, 1960, viii) As a privileged youth, Aurelius was afforded many things, including individual private tutoring at his home in Rome. (Rees, 1960, p. viii) Within the pages of Meditations, Book I, it is clear to the reader that Aurelius was very fond of not only his family, but some of his tutors as well. Aurelius acknowledges individually, the people who impacted and influenced his life in one way or another, whether it was by teaching him the lessons of life and preparing him for his future and what laid before him or one of a deep meaningful and genuine love and admiration for his family and their adoration for him and the traits he inherited from each person mentioned in Book I. (Aurelius, 1944, p. 1-6) During his childhood, Aurelius was taught in the languages of Latin and Greek, in addition to lessons of Greek literature. Aurelius had one particular tutor that he favored most and held a great deal of affection for, Marcus Cornelius Fronto. Not long after beginning his studies with Fronto, who was a leader in the literary movement of the day, and affected a highly precious style studded with archaisms: Aurelius abandoned an education that stressed form rather than content. (Rees, 1960 p. viii-xvii) At the rather young age of twelve, Aurelius adopted the dressing style of a philosopher and shortly thereafter, the hardiness, pursuing his studies clad in a Greek style cloak and sleeping on the ground, depriving himself of some of the basic comforts in life. Only at his mother’s continued urging did Aurelius take to sleeping on a bed made of straw and animal skins. (Scarre, 1995,
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MARCUS AURELIUS ~ EMPEROR AND PHILOSOPHER 3 p.112) It was also about that time Marcus Aurelius begin to see philosophy not as an abstract theory, but as a way of life. Aurelius Early Political Life When Aurelius was just seventeen, Emperor Hadrian died. However before his death, Emperor Hadrian adopted his successor, Titus Aurelius Antoninus and made it clear to Antoninus, that after he became emperor, he was to adopt Aurelius as a prospective future successor. Since Aurelius spent a majority of this life in and around the circle of the senate and court, Hadrian knew Aurelius and believed he would indeed be an excellent choice for a future emperor. At the age of nineteen, Aurelius became a leader of the senate.
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2011 for the course HUM 101 taught by Professor Collins during the Winter '10 term at Strayer.

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