Hourly History is a marvelous way to improve our knowledge of history and improve ourselves generally in about an hour a week. This book is about Marcus Aurelius a person who impressed me so much that when I was a youngster in 1957, when I joined the US army, his book Meditations was one of the books I took with me the read and reread. I still think it is a significant philosophical book on Stoicism, which contains many ideas that we can incorporate into our lives even if, as me, a person does not want to be a stoic, at least not entirely.
This well-written book tells us much about this 16th Roman emperor (121 CE-180 CE), what transpired before him that brought him to power, what he did before and after he became emperor in 161, his battles against Rome’s enemies, his Roman enemies, how he lost a significant battle, his ideas, and much more.
He was considered the last of the “good emperors” of Rome. After him, there were cruel emperors and Rome began a slow decline.
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Have you ever heard of Marcus Aurelius? It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you haven’t. While names like Nero, Caligula, Hadrian, and Constantine grab all the attention with their exploits, Marcus Aurelius tends to sit more in the historical background of the Roman Empire. In many ways, he is a lesser known emperor even though his written works have stood the test of time. Marcus, a prolific writer and formidable scholar, was perhaps the first to fulfill Plato’s dream of the philosopher king.
Inside you will read about...
✓ Rise to Prominence
✓ Marriage of Convenience
✓ Losing His Twin Boys
✓ The Defeat of Parthia
✓ The Danger from Within
And much more!
Marcus Aurelius reigned over the Roman Empire for almost two decades—from 161 CE until 180 CE—and during that span, he took the time to look back at his own life in the legendary Meditations. Penned in his own words in a mainly diary-styled format, this book was never meant for publication but was discovered several years after the emperor’s death. It was this book that ignited an interest in this otherwise unsung emperor, and that interest lasts to this very day.