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A Companion to Marcus Aurelius

ISBN: 978-1-118-21984-3
600 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Marcus Aurelius presents the first comprehensive collection of essays to explore all essential facets relating to contemporary Marcus Aurelius studies.

• First collection of its kind to commission new state-of-the-art scholarship on Marcus Aurelius
• Features readings that cover all aspects of Marcus Aurelius, including source material, biographical information, and writings
• Contributions from an international cast of top Aurelius scholars
• Addresses evolving aspects of the reception of the Meditations

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Notes on Contributors


The Study of Marcus Aurelius. Introduction
Marcel van Ackeren

Part I. The Main Sources

1. Cassius Dio and the Historia Augusta Anthony R. Birley

2. Archaeological Evidence of the Marcomannic Wars of Marcus Aurelius (AD 166-180) Thomas Fischer

3. The Meditations Matteo Ceporina

4. Marcus Aurelius' Letters
Pascale Fleury

5. Epigraphic records
Péter Kovács

Part II. Biography and Background

6. The Political State of the Roman Empire Werner Eck

7. Cultural and Intellectual Background and Development Leofranc Holford-Strevens

8. Early Life: Family, Youth and Education Anthony R. Birley

9. Marcus' Life as Emperor
Anthony R. Birley

10. The Relation of Politics and Philosophy under Marcus Aurelius Lukas de Blois

Part III. Marcus the Emperor

11. Administration and Jurisdiction in Rome and in the Provinces Werner Eck

12. Religion in the Age of Marcus Aurelius Mark J. Edwards

13. The Wars and Revolts Anthony R. Birley

14. The Roman Empire after his Death Olivier Hekster Part IV. Material Forms of Self-Representation

15. The Column of Marcus Aurelius Martin Beckmann

16. The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius Peter Stewart

17. Coins Susanne Börner

18. The Portraits. A short introduction Dietrich Boschung

19. The Reliefs. The Representation of Marcus Aurelius' Deeds
Dietrich Boschung

Part V. Marcus the Philosopher

20. The Form and Structure of the Meditations Jean-Baptiste Gourinat

21. The Style of the Meditations Angelo Giavatto

22. Aspects of Orality in (the Text of) the Meditations Michael Erler

23. The Meditations as an (Philosophical) Autobiography Imgard Männlein-Robert

24. Marcus and Previous Stoic Literature Christopher Gill

25. Marcus Aurelius on Physics
David Sedley

26. Logic and the Meditations Angelo Giavatto

27. Ethics Jean-Baptiste Gourinat

28. Social Ethics and Politics Gretchen Reydams-Schils

29. The Meditations and the Ancient Art of Living
John Sellars

30. The Self in the Meditations Anthony A. Long

Part VI. Reception

31. Marcus Aurelius as Philosopher-King and Good Emperor, Good Politician (Antiquity, Medieval Age)
Julia Bruch / Katrin Herrmann

32. The Sanctification of Marcus Aurelius
Amy Richlin

33. Marcus Aurelius and Neostoicism in Early Modern Philosophy
Jill Kraye

34. Marcus Aurelius in Contemporary Philosophy
John Sellars

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Marcel van Ackeren is Professor at Cologne University. He is the author of Das Wissen vom Guten (2003), Heraklit (2005), Understanding Ancient Philosophy (with Jörn Müller, 2006), The Political Identity of the West: Platonism in the Dialogue of Cultures (edited with Orrin F. Summerell, 2006), and Die Philosophie Marc Aurels (2011).
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