This is a first draft. I’ve not supplied detailed references because I’m writing it off the top of my head just to get it out there. Please correct any errors. I’ll check it later and add references, etc. So apologies for any typos or whatever! One of the most commonly asked questions on my Facebook… Continue reading Why did Marcus Aurelius allow Commodus to succeed him?
NB: This is a draft. I’ll tidy it up and make revisions over time, adding some additional content along the way. When we’re talking about Marcus Aurelius in relation to Stoicism we inevitably focus on ways his life might illustrate Stoic concepts and practices. However, sometimes people object that might lead to idealizing him. Now,… Continue reading Criticisms of Marcus Aurelius from Roman Histories
When Marcus Aurelius lay dying he turned to the guard of the night watch and said, cryptically, “Go to the rising sun; I am already setting.” We can only speculate as to the meaning he intended. For instance, it may have sounded to Romans as if he were alluding to the mystery religion of Mithraism… Continue reading The Metaphor of the Sun in Marcus Aurelius
Last chance to enrol on my new How to Think Like a Roman Emperor online course.
Forthcoming course about the Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius.
Some notes on Marcus Aurelius and Mithraism.
Description of Marcus Aurelius at the amphitheatre and circus, observing the games, and how he tried to use this as an opportunity to rehearse his practice of Stoic philosophy.
Some notes on what we learn about Stoicism from Marcus Aurelius’ teachers, and what he says he admired most about them.
Biographical fiction recounting the rebellion of Avidius Cassius in the Eastern Provinces, against the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, and the way Marcus may have responded by using Stoic psychological exercises, philosophical doctrines, and the therapy of the passions.
Article surveying some of the evidence for and against the claim that Marcus Aurelius persecuted Christians.