The Military Metaphor in Marcus Aurelius

Soldiering as a Philosophy of Life in Stoicism

Donald J. Robertson
Jan 24 · 7 min read
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In one of the most famous passages of The Meditations, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius writes that everything physical is as transient as a stream rushing past us, everything belonging to the mind is as insubstantial as vapour and deceptive as smoke or mist, and that…

…life is warfare, and…