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Marcus Aurelius: A Life by Frank McLynn
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Marcus Aurelius: A Life (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Frank McLynn (Author)

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A profile of the second-century emperor, soldier, and philosopher traces his stabilization of the Roman empire, campaigns against Asia, and numerous reform efforts while offering insight into the events that inspired the writing of his famous "Meditations."
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This is a voluminous and well-written account of the philosopher-King Marcus Aurelius. McLynn has a range of comparisons to make, especially with British monarchs, but he fairly addresses Marcus' successes and failures. Despite the importance of Marcus he has not been the subject of as many works as his fame might indicate and this is the first full-length biography about a long admired Emperor that I have read.

McLynn describes in some detail, the philosophy of Stoicism, its limitations, and principal adherents. In giving a sound autobiographical and historical account McLynn details some of Aurelius' triumphs, particularly his success in defeating barbarian tribes in Dacia, or arguably his worst decision, appointing his son, the madman Commodus, as his successor.

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  gmicksmith | Jul 25, 2012 |
Very comprehensive analysis of the stoic emperor. For a great emperor, he was a poor judge of men including his own son Commodus. ( )
  jerrybookguy | Aug 29, 2009 |
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Just as we refer to, say, John F. Kennedy at the thirty-fifth president of the United States, so we may call Marcus Aurelius the sixteenth ruler of the Roman empire (that is, if we include the three short-lived incumbents of the 'years of the four emperors' in AD 68-9).
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