You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
— Marcus Aurelius.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121 - 180) was Roman emperor from 161 to 180, and a Stoic philosopher.
He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire.
Like many emperors, Marcus spent most of his time addressing matters of law such as petitions and hearing disputes, but unlike many of his predecessors, he was already proficient in imperial administration when he assumed power.
He took great care in the theory and practice of legislation.
Professional jurists called him 'an emperor most skilled in the law' and 'a most prudent and conscientiously just emperor'.
While on campaign between 170 and 180, Marcus wrote his 'Meditations' in Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement.
It is said that the book was a favourite of Christina of Sweden, Frederick the Great, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, and Goethe.
The original title of this work, if it had one, is unknown;
'Meditations' as well as other titles – including 'To Himself' – were adopted later.
He had a logical mind and his notes were representative of Stoic philosophy and spirituality.
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