London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1913. Item #04325
Marcus Aurelius Bound for Hatchards of London
AURELIUS, Marcus. [The Twelve Books of the Emperor Macus Aurelius Antoninus]. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1902. The Royal Library Belles Lettres Series.
Small quarto (6 3/16 x 4 3/4 inches; 158 x 121 mm.). Title-page printed in red and black. [iv], 282, , [1, blank] pp.
Bound ca. 1913 by Rivière? for Hatchards of London. Full brown crushed levant morocco, Covers bordered in gilt with gilt corner-pieces and blind-stamped flowers on the bands. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively bordered and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges and triple gilt ruled turn-ins, all edges gilt. Armorial bookplates of Loraine of Kirkbarle and John Moore Heath on front paste-down and endpaper. Ink name of Raymond Ball with address address dated 1973 on front free end-paper together with two of his engraved bookplates on verso of front end-paper and rear paste-down. A fine 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.