Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

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Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is a forthcoming graphic novel from author Donald Robertson, with stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Zé Nuno Fraga, due for publication by St. Martin’s Press. It tells the story of Marcus Aurelius, based on the surviving Roman histories, and interweaves Stoic philosophy from his personal notes The Meditations.

As a child Marcus Aurelius was nicknamed Verissimus by his adoptive grandfather, the emperor Hadrian. It’s an odd nickname. Marcus’ family name was Verus, meaning “True” and Verissimus is a play on this, meaning “Most True” or “Truest”. It obviously seems, in some way, to foreshadow his wholehearted embrace of Stoic philosophy later in life, with its emphasis on truth and wisdom.

You can now pre-order the Kindle and Hardback editions on Amazon (ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1250270955). The sooner you order the more chance you have of benefitting from Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee (see terms). For links to other retailers see the MacMillan website.


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