Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius - April 15, 2009 Marcus Aurelius: - Roman...

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April 15, 2009 Marcus Aurelius: - Roman Emperor - Lived from 121 to 180 AD - Became Emperor in 161 AD - Lived during a time of warfare. Wide spread instability. Germanic tribes on the borders were assaulting Rome. - During the last ten years of his life that he wrote his Meditations - Not intended to be published. Diary entries to himself. Titled “To Myself” - An attempt to come to terms with the difficulties of living - A text in which Aurelius tries to face up to the hardships he faces and remind himself and clarify him what the principles of stoicism are. - Fragmentary and not written in an particular order except for first book - Book I is a book of gratitude in which he expresses his gratitude to people - Meditations proceed erratically as his mind unfolds. - What is our place in the world? What the world presents to us - Presents us with a definite theory of politics. Gives us a framework that will be taken over by the Christian tradition and particularly Augustine. - Amount to a kind of practical ethics Combines Maximum’s therapeutic advice, mediation, and political theory. -
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