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