Marcus Aurelius: A Life (Hardback)
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Short Description for Marcus Aurelius A masterful and long-overdue biography of Marcus Aurelius, whose life as a philosopher, soldier, and emperor still resonates with contemporary relevance
- Published: 11 August 2009
- Format: Hardback 720 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780306818301 ISBN 10: 0306818302
- Sales rank: 662,372
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Marcus Aurelius (121180 AD) is one of the great figures of antiquity who still speaks to us today, more than two thousand years after his death. His Meditations has been compared by John Stuart Mill to the Sermon on the Mount. A guide to how we should live, it remains one of the most widely read books from the classical world. But Marcus Aurelius was much more than a philosopher. As emperor he stabilized the empire, issued numerous reform edicts, and defended the borders with success. His life itself represented the fulfillment of Platos famous dictum that mankind will prosper only when philosophers are rulers and rulers philosophers. Frank McLynns Marcus Aurelius, based on all available original sources, is the definitive and most vivid biography to date of this monumental historical figure.