Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire between AD and , is one of the best recorded individuals from antiquity. Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire In this accessible and scholarly study, Professor Birley paints a. MARCUS AURELIUS A Biography By Anthony Birley Yale University Press. pp. $ WHEN PLATO, in The Republic, foresaw no end of.

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Medallion, —61 6 Faustina I. The philosopher was now back in his native Chalcedon, and Pius sent for him.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The slave was a barbarian captive named Master, a Jazygian.

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Tags What are tags? None of your libraries hold this item. The highest orders in the state were bilingual, and educated Romans of Latin-speaking descent looked increasingly to Greek language and culture.

Dalmatia was a province of contrasts: In April Marcus was seventeen, and in the normal course of events would not have begun public life until the following year, when he could have been appointed to one of the junior posts reserved for future senators, a group of offices known as the vigintivirate.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Marius Maximus Perpetuus Aurelianus, a contemporary of Cassius Dio, aureelius leading general in the civil wars of Septimius Severus and a very prominent figure in the reigns of Caracalla, Macrinus, and of Severus Alexander, when the opportunity for composing a second Twelve Caesars first arose.


He was evidently from an Italian family settled in Bithynia. Open to the public. Dupondius, 7 Marcus aged seventeen. This is certainly a grave young man. Some Christian writers from the second century onwards throw light on the course of events, but their prime interest was naturally the history of the Christian Church and the vicissitudes birle individual Christians. But he did not improve and sent for Antoninus. To aureilus clearly from his living example that a man could be at the same time completely serious and yet relaxed.

But it seemed to work. The medicine which he was given made his condition worse, and he died the same day. Claudius was succeeded in 54 by his sixteen-year-old stepson Nero, who began his rule bifley professions of deference to the senate, sedulously instilled into him by his tutor and minister Seneca. Sestertius, —8 2 Sabina. Yet the wars — which were the catalyst for the Meditations — shattered that charmed, golden, civilised Antonine tranquillity.

He is referred to several times in the letters. Fear or assassination by a barber or for once the lIA’s explanation Iladr. His colleague was the jurist L. And the economic system was based on slavery. But Trajan told Pliny that these people should not be searched out. In the provinces, he was worshipped as king and god, and his family were sacred.

Augustus wanted to appear as no more than primus inter pares. You do not currently have access to this article. Commodus had to contend with plague and intrigue and mountainous debt left over from Marcus’s reign.

He did not receive the honour of a second consulship, which prefects usually acquired at some stage, and it is possible that the request was a cloak for a swift dismissal. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Although Marcus was only fourteen in when he took the toga virilis, he may well have been advanced enough to begin oratorical training. But whatever the loopholes in the history of the period, the personality of Marcus himself comes to life more vividly perhaps than that of any other single emperor.


Marcus, aged 16, and L. His career from henceforth was virley be set apart from that of his contemporaries.

Marcus Aurelius: A Biography

They were to come into contact a good deal for the rest of their lives. But soon his marcs became intolerable to the senate — saevi proximis ingruunt. Consul twice and city prefect, Severus had also been proconsul of Africa, and before that had had a remarkable civil and military career. By a surprising and unexpected word I mean one which is produced when the listener or reader is not expecting it or thinking of it, yet could not think of any substitute himself or one to express the particular meaning if you took the word out and asked him to find another.

Those, in particular, who had the rank of patrician, did not need to do more, for patricians were assured of access at an early age to the ancient magistracies of Rome, which remained the principal aspiration of the upper class.