"Remember his qualities, so that when your last hour comes your conscience may be as clear as his"
-Marcus Aurelius, on Antoninus Pius
The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius never intended to publish his Meditations. This does not come as a surprise - he recorded his thoughts with an alarming frankness, even vulnerability. No other figures in Greco-Roman Antiquity have afforded us such an intimate glimpse into their minds.
At the beginning of his...