Marcus aurelius was born in 121 ce to a prominent spanish family in rome he was orphaned at a young age and then devoted his life to study at age twelve he was mastering art, geometry, literature, and music.
Marcus aurelius’ writings wouldn’t be officially published until centuries after his death, under the title meditations there are a bunch of different translations (it was originally written in greek) of meditations available to us today we recommend either the translation by gregory hays or david and scott hicks.
Roman emperor marcus aurelius' most enduring legacy is not his external power, but his deeply held conviction that each one of us is endowed with the inner power to control our minds and responses to external events in his extensive compilation of writings, collectively titled 'meditations', aurelius describes how to develop a mindset that can deal well with any experiences or emotions that. 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.
At first i was startled by the abundance of spiritual practices that marcus aurelius adapted to have such a broadened mind in 160 ce, offers us a glimpse of the brilliance and importance of the thinkers of ancient greece and how they still influence our lives today.