Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire between AD and , is one of the best recorded individuals from antiquity. Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire In this accessible and scholarly study, Professor Birley paints a. MARCUS AURELIUS A Biography By Anthony Birley Yale University Press. pp. $ WHEN PLATO, in The Republic, foresaw no end of.

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A Biography Anthony Birley No preview available ayrelius We spent the whole day yesterday on the road. Betrothal did not, in any case, carry very binding legal obligations and could be dissolved without difficulty. He was very rich.

The wife had just had a son, and Favorinus wished to bring his congratulations: It never really denoted what the younger Cato had meant by it. You could not be signed in. Dupondius, 7 Marcus aged seventeen. Cassius Dio, like most of his class, idealized Marcus Jarcus and hated Commodus. For this reason I formerly selected Lucius [Ceionius Commodus] from all others — a person such as I could never have expected any son of mine to have become.

The North African provinces had a brilliant city-life along the coast.

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But the ceremony of adoption did not come for another four weeks, on marus February. His family was one of those that had risen to the peak of social eminence on the foundation of meritorious service under the Flavian dynasty.

This emphasises the importance attached to training in morals and character-building, for the aim was not simply to produce a man who biirley make a good, or even a brilliant speech, although this was anthont a far more important qualification than it is now.


The senate was unwilling to consent. Quintilian had died before his two imperial pupils, who were in any case much younger than Marcus was incould put his instruction into effect.

They were, many of them, of provincial origin, as were Trajan and Hadrian. He was thrifty and a conscientious landlord. Sestertius, 22 Caracalla.

Petronius Mamertinus and M. Their worth was solid, and their possessions satisfyingly secure. And, whatever the intentions of the artists who portrayed the campaigns on the Aurelian column, the horror and pathos they evoke match the mood of the Meditations, in which war is scarcely mentioned.

In Hadrian made his brother-in- law, the aged Servianus, now nearly ninety, consul for the third time.

Hylke rated it really liked it Sep 21, This excellent study anthhony a substantially rewritten and updated version of the Marcus Aurelius brought out in It was then that the praenomen Marcus was given him, the only one of his names which he bore for the rest of his life.

The implication is clear.

Marcus Aurelius: A Biography

Marcus was grateful in later years that the course of events prevented him from being brought up in the same household as this lady any longer than he was: Danijel rated birlfy really liked it Jun 22, The Gallic provinces also were undefended by legions. If any sleep returns to you after the sleepless nights of which you have been complaining, do write to me, and I beg you this first of all, to take some care of your health.

Farewell my Fronto, wherever you are, my most sweet love and delight. Also, it was now safe and fashionable to admire the valiant few who had dared to speak out against tyranny in the past, Thrasea Paetus, Helvidius Priscus — the Stoics. Falco had been governor immediately before Platorius Nepos, and perhaps had quite different ideas as to how the truculent north Britons should be treated.


Dasumius Hadrianus, suffect consul in 93, may be assumed to have been his nathony. A woman appeared, claiming that she had been told in a birely to persuade Hadrian not to kill himself: Others recorded that when Hadrian marcjs commending Antoninus to the gods his bordered toga slipped for no apparent reason, baring his head which he had covered to pray after the Roman custom. It was no longer necessary to flatter the ruler as though he were a god; he contrasted the humanity, frugality, clemency, generosity, kindness, bieley, industriousness and bravery of Trajan, who followed Nerva in 98, with the pride, luxury, cruelty, spitefulness, lust, inactivity and cowardice of Domitian.

If he preserved social distinctions and allowed the senate an honoured place in the state, all would bir,ey well.

Marcus Aurelius: A Biography by Anthony Richard Birley

What is recorded of Socrates would fit him exactly — that he could equally well abstain from or enjoy what many are too weak to abstain from and too self-indulgent in enjoying. He was the source of anthoony both titular and financial. But Trajan told Pliny that these people should not be searched out.

Entry into the service was controlled solely by the emperor, but there seem to have been various standard means of starting on the ladder.