Marcus Aurelius: A Biography

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Routledge, 2000 - History - 320 pages
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Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire between AD 161 and 180, is one of the best recorded individuals from antiquity. Even his face became more than usually familiar: the imperial coinage displayed his portrait for over 40 years, from the clean-shaven young heir of Antonius to the war-weary, heavily bearded ruler who died at his post in his late fifties.
His correspondence with his tutor Fronto, and even more the private notebook he kept for his last ten years, the Meditations, provides a unique series of vivid and revealing glimpses into the character and peoccupations of this emporer who spent many years in terrible wars against northern tribes.
In this accessible and scholarly study, Professor Birley paints a portrait of an emporer who was human and just - an embodiment of the pagan virtues of Rome.

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User Review  - Joel Zartman - Goodreads

Somewhat dull. Was hoping to enjoy the life and times of Marcus Aurelius more. Read full review

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User Review  - Windsor - Goodreads

A decent history of a very good emperor. Author tends to bog reader down with too many citations from only a few sources. Tend to find Meditations more of a read for me. This book, however, is an ... Read full review

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