Marcus Aurelius – The Master of Stoicism by Srijan Reddy Vathaluri, Wilson’s School
Marcus Aurelius, one of the Roman Empire’s greatest Emperors and one of the best Stoic writers, was the emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 to 180 AD and he was a great follower and teacher of Stoicism . Over his 19-year reign, Marcus Aurelius used Stoicism to steer the Roman Empire through two gargantuan wars and used to help manage the death of many of his children.
Marcus Aurelius made a series of notes to himself over his lifetime as a guide to everything he learned from Stoicism throughout his life. Those notes have been complied together to create the ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius. What makes it so special is that it was not meant to be published so it gives us an insight into the thoughts and personal feelings of Marcus Aurelius, one of the Roman Empire’s greatest rulers. Aurelius’ journals guided and taught Nelson Mandela during his 27-year imprisonment in fight for racial equality in South Africa.
This ancient technique of self-mastery and control has big potential to bring out the best side of people. We clearly have a lot to learn about Stoicism ,and the “Meditations” gives us the best glimpse into the Stoic lifestyle of one of the world’s greatest leaders.
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