Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Part III: From Gold to Rust and Iron

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Philosopher Emperor By all accounts, Marcus Aurelius truly embodied the principles he embraced, and he proved his faithful devotion to virtue throughout his rule by his actions. The Historia Augusta described him as “devoted to philosophy as long as he lived and pre-eminent among emperors in purity of life.” Cassius Dio stated that Marcus Aurelius “refrained from all offences and did nothing amiss [...]

2020-02-27T21:00:02+00:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |

Marcus Aurelius Part II: Triumph and Tragedy

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“Remember, too, on every occasion that leads you to vexation to apply this principle: not that this is a misfortune, but that to bear it nobly is good fortune.” - Marcus Aurelius Article written by Marian Vermeulen Father and Son With a shared love of philosophy, intellect, virtue, and kindness, Marcus Aurelius and Antoninus Pius were an excellent match as father and son [...]

2020-01-06T21:07:00+00:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , |

Marcus Aurelius Part I: The Caelian Hill Births an Emperor

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“Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophize, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide…cities will have no rest from evils, nor, I think, will the human race.” - Plato, Republic A note from Marian Vermeulen (author): I am a longtime lover of Marcus Aurelius. His picture is on the [...]

2020-05-20T19:45:43+00:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Who Were the 5 Best Emperors of Ancient Rome?

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In 1776, Edward Gibbon published his massive, six book, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In it he popularized Niccolò Machiavelli’s classification of the “Five Good Emperors.” Though a subjective opinion, the five emperors who took power via adoption stand out as wise and just rulers.  Their reigns marked the Golden Age of Rome. This post offers a short history [...]

2019-04-17T13:22:59+00:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , |