Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180A.D.) was a Roman emperor. In his later years he wrote a series of reflections which he called simply To Himself. These thoughts are better known as his Meditations. Most are quite short and portray a humble, honest, pious and pensive individual. He died on March 17th 180A.D. and was succeeded by his son Commodus, a wastrel and a brute, quite unlike his father. The father and son were portrayed by Richard Harris and Jaoquin Phoenix respectively in the film Gladiator.
Our first selection from the Meditations is the following:
'All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike.'
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