The following is a personality profile of Marcus Aurelius based on his work.
Marcus Aurelius is shrewd, somewhat inconsiderate and informal.
He is laid-back, he appreciates a relaxed pace in life. He is unstructured as well: he does not make a lot of time for organization in his daily life. But, Marcus Aurelius is also proud: he holds himself in high regard, satisfied with who he is.
More than most people, his choices are driven by a desire for discovery.
He is also relatively unconcerned with tradition: he cares more about making his own path than following what others have done. Considers independence to guide a large part of what he does: he likes to set his own goals to decide how to best achieve them.
In the introduction to his translation of the "Meditations" Gregory Hays observes that "[I]t has been a generation since [The Meditations'] last English incarnation." Hays further explains that he ... Read More