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THE THOUGHTS OF MARCUS

AURELIUS



Translated by George Long.


PUBLISHED: London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. n.d.

(c 1920-30)



8vo., Bound in blue patterned leather, gilt tooled and lettered,

similar spine but spine faded, binding rubbed and worn at

corners and edges, top edge gilt, brown endpapers,

frontispiece plate, pp. 237, contents clean, apart from

wear to binding a very good copy in an

attractive binding.


As Emperor of Rome from 161-180, Marcus Aurelius

kept the empire safe from the Parthians and Germans,

but is best known for his intellectual pursuits.


Marcus Aurelius  was born on April 26, 121, in Italy, and

was chosen by Emporer Hadrian to be his eventual

successor. In 161, Aurelius took control of the Roman

Empire along with his brother Verus. War and

disease threatened Rome on all sides. Aurelius

held his territory, but was weakened as a ruler after

the death of his brother Verus.


His son Commodus later became co-ruler in 177, only three

years before Aurelius died on March 17, 180.


Known for his philosophical interests, Aurelius was one

of the most respected emperors in Roman history.

He was born into a wealthy and politically prominent

family. Growing up, Aurelius was a dedicated student,

learning Latin and Greek. But his greatest intellectual

interest was Stoicism, a philosophy that emphasized fate,

reason and self-restraint. Discourses, written by a

former slave and Stoic philosopher Epictetus,

had a great deal of influence over Marcus Aurelius.

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