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Meditations

Meditations

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  • Literature 10: Ancient Rome:
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Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, and is considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. What today we call the Meditations take the form of a personal notebook, which wasn't intended for publication. Aurelius called them Writings To Myself. They were written in Greek, although his native tongue was Latin, and were probably composed while he was on military campaigns in central Europe, c. AD 171-175. He died, most likely from the plague or cancer, on a military campaign in present-day Austria. The work is divided into 12 short books.They record the passing thoughts, the maxims, the musings on life and death of a sensitive and humble mind which had been trained in the Stoic philosophy that contributed so much to Christianity.