He had several family connections to various Roman emperors, mainly on his father's side, and he had already attracted the attention of the ruling Emperor Hadrian as a young boy. And it is also right that Marcus often deals with things that are conventionally accorded high value in reductive material terms.
An apt metaphor which plays off of the story of Thales. Cicero, On Ends , H. Although he acknowledges that he struggles to live as a philosopher, Marcus urges himself to that life, spelling out what it involves in Stoic terms:.
Marcus thus was marked out as a future joint emperor at the age of just under 17, though, as it turned out, he was not to succeed until his 40th year. But his personal nobility and dedication survive the most remorseless scrutiny; he counted the cost obsessively, but he did not shrink from paying it.
Editorial Review This Article has been reviewed for accuracy, reliability and adherence to academic standards prior to publication. He was made a member of the equestrian order when he was six.
As mentioned above 1. When people call Marcus the Philosopher king it is difficult to discern which of these two types of philosophical monarchs they are referring to.
And once one understands this functional contribution, one is able to see the value of each thing, how beautifully it contributes to a well-designed whole. See like a Stoic: Here are some of the philosopher king's timeless lessons on how to be resilient: Take for instance the impression in the case of relishes and such edibles, that this one is the corpse of a fish, and that one of a bird or a pig. Although, perhaps not a first-rank or original philosopher, his "Meditations" remain revered as a literary monument and as a succinct statement of Stoic philosophy.
In other words, the Meditations are a text produced by someone engaged in the three topoi outlined by Epictetus. But he did not deviate so far as to accept the comfort of any kind of survival after death. Numerous measures were promulgated and judicial decisions made, clearing away harshnesses and anomalies in the civil law , improving in detail the lot of the less-favoured—slaves, widows, minors—and giving recognition to claims of blood relationship in the field of succession see inheritance.
The planet's too crowded as it is. Marcus has remained relevant for 1,800 years largely due to his writings collected as " Meditations ," which President Bill Clinton has said is one of his favorite books. But his greatest intellectual interest was Stoicism, a philosophy that emphasized fate, reason and self-restraint.
Known for his philosophical interests, Aurelius was one of the most respected emperors in Roman history. Paradoxical, bold, maybe even in-your-face, but not facetious.
Particularly important in his thought was his complete disbelief in an afterlife and the conviction that everything, even legends, will be turned into absolute oblivion and is already in the process of disintegrating and changing. Powered by Mailchimp Newsletter Our latest articles delivered to your inbox, once a week: My Catholic theology is limited to St Augustine.