Marcus Aurelius

The nephew of Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius was adopted by his uncle shortly before he became emperor in 138 C.E.  Marcus Aurelius was a gifted military leader, defending the empire from Parthian and German enemies.  Under his rule, the empire flourished and he was remembered as a good and capable leader.  However, Marcus Aurelius is best recalled as a philosopher king.  He wrote an influential journal entitled “Meditations.”  Though it was published, it was meant to be a series of private reflections based on the emperor’s Stoic outlook and his belief in responsibility to his subjects.  The book is still in print.













 Denarius of Marcus Aurelius              Silver                                                 139 – 161 C.E.                           2015.16.0044                                       Gift of Ron D’Argenio