Today in History: March 17



In 180

Marcus Aurelius died.*

Being a Stoic,**

He took it in stride.

*Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 A.D.  He was the last of the Five Good Emperors. The others were in chronological order Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius.

**Stoicism, according to Bryan Magee,  says that "our attitude in the face of our own mortality, or what may seem to us personal tragedy, should be one of unruffled acceptance. ["The Story of Thought" page 46]

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  • Similar to Buddhism, in a way. Now I want to learn more!
    Thank you for an inspiring post.

  • Not quite as flashy as George Eastman.

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