An introduction to the life of marcus aurelius

Dio is vital for the military history of the period, but his senatorial prejudices and strong opposition to imperial expansion obscure his perspective.

The impediment to action advances action. The infants were buried in the Mausoleum of Hadrianwhere their epitaphs survive. More recently Giavatto and van Ackeren both offer thorough scholarly analysis of great value.

His training as a Stoic, however, had made the choice clear that it was his duty. His education would become of serious concern and he would have the privilege of studying under Herodes Atticus, a rhetorician from Athens Marcus would later write his Meditations in Greek as well as Marcus Cornelius Fronto, his instructor in Latin whose letters of correspondence with Marcus survive to this day.

No imprecision in your thoughts. Verus addressed the assembled troops, which then acclaimed the pair as imperatores. There is little that is known of his childhood but he was a serious young man who also enjoyed wrestling, boxing and hunting.

He would criticize himself in the Meditations for "abusing court life" in front of company. The book is unlike any other philosophical text that has come down to us from Antiquity, taking the form of a collection of notebook jottings that were probably never intended for wider circulation.

He would read imperial letters to the senate when Pius was absent, and would do secretarial work for the senators. Antoninus may have already been ill.

Who Is Marcus Aurelius? Getting To Know The Roman Emperor

Those in particular which refer to the beating and robbing I will describe in such a way that they savour of gall and bile. There was then a crop of growing corn; there is now a ripe, gathered harvest.

It was to the credit of Marcus, who was intelligent as well as hardworking and serious-minded, that he grew impatient with the unending regime of advanced exercises in Greek and Latin declamation and eagerly embraced the Diatribai Discourses of a religious former slave, Epictetusan important moral philosopher of the Stoic school.

He sent for Antoninus, who was at his side when he died on 10 July Marcus Aurelius thanked the temple synod, "even though this turned out otherwise". He would criticize himself in the Meditations for "abusing court life" in front of company. Posted by Daily Stoic on July 12, This is part of our 3-part short series on the three most important Stoic philosophers: Marcus Aurelius thanked the temple synod, "even though this turned out otherwise".

Marcus Aurelius: Life of the Famous Roman Emperor and Philosopher

Passed down from his mentors and teachers, Marcus embraced the studies of Stoicism which we see in him thanking his teacher Rusticus for introducing him to Stoicism and Epictetus inside Meditations.

Apollonius had taught Commodus, and would be an enormous impact on Marcus Aurelius, who would later study with him regularly. His duties as consul were more significant: As tribune, he had the right to bring one measure before the senate after the four Pius could introduce.

Early life of Marcus Aurelius

You can also read our introduction to Stoicism if you are not familiar with the philosophy.The early life of Marcus Aurelius spans the time from his birth on 26 April until his accession as Roman emperor on 7 March He became an adherent of Stoicism at a young age.

He was adopted in by Antoninus Pius, himself the adopted heir of Emperor Hadrian. Hadrian died later that year and was succeeded by Antoninus Pius. Comprehensive study of Marcus Aurelius in German examining both literary and philosophical aspects of the Meditations.

The most detailed study to date. The most detailed study to. Aug 21,  · Watch video · Marcus Aurelius also continued his philosophical studies and developed an interest in law. Along with his burgeoning career, Marcus Aurelius seemed to have acontented personal life.

He married Faustina, the emperor’s daughter, in Aug 21,  · Watch video · Growing up, Marcus Aurelius was a dedicated student, learning Latin and Greek. But his greatest intellectual interest was Stoicism, a philosophy that. For Marcus Aurelius' life and rule, the biographies of Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, and Verus are largely reliable, but those of Aelius Verus and Avidius Cassius are not.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius, in full Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, original name (until ce) Marcus Annius Verus, (born April 26, ce, Rome [Italy]—died March 17,Vindobona [Vienna, Austria] or Sirmium, Pannonia), Roman emperor (– ce), best known for his Meditations on Stoic philosophy.

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