London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1902. Item #04068
Marcus Aurelius Bound for Hatchards of London
AURELIUS, Marcus. [The Twelve Books of the Emperor Macus Aurelius Antoninus]. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1902.
Small quarto (6 3/8 x 4 13/16 inches; 162 x 124 mm.). Title-page printed in red and black. [iv], 288 pp.
Bound ca. 1902 by Rivière? for Hatchards of London. Full brown crushed levant morocco, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut. Light foxing to end-papers and preliminary blank leaves only. An excellent copy.
Marcus Aurelius. Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; [26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as the Meditations, is the most significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East: Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, & Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, although the threat of the Germanic tribes began to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. A revolt in the East led by Avidius Cassius failed to gain momentum and was suppressed immediately.
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, are still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
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