The Emperor and the Economist: How Marcus Aurelius Influenced Adam Smith

Adam Smith’s appreciation for the Stoic emperor’s writings is evident in his own work.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus was the last of the five good emperors of Rome. He was born in 121 AD, reluctantly became emperor in 161 AD, and reigned for 19 years until his death in 180 AD. His reign was punctuated by numerous wars during which he…

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Assistant Editor for Intellectual History at Libertarianism.org. I write about obscure philosophers mainly.

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