Monday, February 18, 2008

Thought for the week.

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.'

More next week...

1 comment:

RonanSwiftAppreciationSocietyIrelandBranch said...

"All of us are creatures of the day..."

This is very true, and is particularily highlighted by your chosen text. Thank you for keeping up the good work; a refreshingly vast and contrasting contextualisation.

Keep up the fair work.

The Swift Appreciation Society (Ireland Branch)