Wisdom from one of the greatest philosophical minds in all of Roman history
Divided into twelve books, these meditations chronicle Aurelius's personal quest for self-improvement. This enduring text from one of history's greatest warriors and leaders has been compared to St. Augustine's Confessions for its timelessness, clarity, and candor. These writings, composed between 161 and 180 CE, set forth Aurelius's Stoic philosophy and stress the importance of acting in a way that is moral and just rather than self-indulgent.
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Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) was a soldier and a philosopher considered to be the last of the Five Good Emperors of Rome. During his reign, Rome saw more military victories than ever before. Aurelius defeated the Parthian Empire and fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success despite the encroaching Germanic tribes.