Was Marcus Aurelius a Stoic?

No. Marcus Aurelius Was Not a Stoic

Was Marcus Aurelius a Stoic? No, he wasn’t.

One of the great treasures of the surviving ancient Greek literature is a philosophical journal kept by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It is a glimpse into the mind of an extraordinary man, in extraordinary circumstances, doing something extraordinary: philosophical self-counseling. As such, it is also a glimpse into the philosophical thought that was popular at that time…

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Douglas C. Bates

Ancient Greek philosophy as self-help. Author of “Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism.”