Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations can help us in a time of pandemic
Considered to be one of the most important stoic philosophers, Marcus Aurelius created an enduring legacy during an extended crisis. Enjoy this DailyFind, love from CW!
Marcus Aurelius was no stranger to pandemics. For 16 years of his reign as Roman Emperor (161-180 CE), the empire was ravaged by the Antonine plague , which took five million lives. It was during this period that the philosopher king penned a series of “notes to himself”. Unpublished during his lifetime and found untitled with his mortal remains, this work has come to be called his Meditations. Described by philosopher and biblical scholar Ernst Renan as “a gospel for those who do not believe in the supernatural,” the Meditations is a series of fragments, aphorisms, arguments, and injunctions. […]