7.31.2013

A Perfect Stoic

A Perfect Stoic

“Marcus Aurelius was simultaneously a Stoic philosopher and, as Roman emperor, the most powerful man in the Western world. This confluence of philosophy and politics could have been quite beneficial to Stoicism, but as we have seen, he did not try to convert his fellow Romans to the philosophy. As a result, Marcus became, in the words of the nineteenth-century historian W. E. H. Lecky, ‘the last and most perfect representative of Roman Stoicism.’”

William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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