(26 April 121 – 17
March 180 AD)
was Roman Emperor from
161 to 180.
He was the last of the Five Good Emperors,
and is also considered one of the most important
Marcus Aurelius' Stoic tome
written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180,
is still revered as a literary monument
to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and
preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict
by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
-Meditations: By Marcus Aurelius : (Kindle Locations 15-16).
[The rulers commonly known as the "Five Good Emperors" were Nerva,
Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. The term Five
Good Emperors was coined by the political philosopher Niccolò
Machiavelli in 1503.] -WikiPedia