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Marcus Aurelius Biography

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) born in Rome, was a Roman Emperor from 161 until his dead in 180. He was the last of the Five good Emperors and it’s considerer to be one of the greatest Stoic philosophers.

Its government was marked by the military conflicts in Asia and central Europe and his empire had to face a revolt in the eastern provinces.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Books

His most famous book was an untitled writing, commonly known as Meditations, is a significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy, and is considered by many commentators to be one of the greatest works of philosophy.

While fighting in the campaigns of the 170 and 180, Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations for his own guidance and personal improvement. His notes are representative of a logical mind and a philosophical thought in accordance with Stoicism.

The Stoic philosophy try to find and preserve equanimity, a state of psychological stability and composure, in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.

Best English translation of Meditations

The translation by Gregory Hays is a popular one but different translations may appeal to different personalities. Here you can check tree good versions.

Best Marcus Aurelius Quotes

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.