Marcus Aurelius. The supreme ruler of Greece from 161 B.C., to his death in 180
B.C. This remarkable man is the most unsurpassed emperor in Greek history. Although
he was noteworthy for many different things, he is distinguished from any other ruling
power for writing “The Meditations”.
Marcus Aurelius wrote these twelve books on the basic principles about
morality, detachment, and how to live an honorable and virtuous life. Marcus Aurelius
was an advocate in Stoicism. For the Stoics, nothing went unknown or unexplained. They
said there was a reason for everything in nature. Marcus Aurelius wrote about these
beliefs in some of these books.
Marcus Aurelius was a type of ‘philosopher king’. Stating that, “We should not
say ‘I am an Athenian’ or ‘I am a Roman’ but I am a citizen of the universe’.