The Sophist
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The Sophist

The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Musei Capitolini in Rome. Most Roman bronze statues were destroyed for salvage after the collapse of the Roman Empire. This one was saved because people believed it was a statue of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor. Marcus is depicted unarmed and unarmoured and riding a captured horse (the saddle is Sarmatian), he believed himself to be a bringer of peace (all his wars were defensive). (source: Wikipedia)

Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts” — Marcus Aurelius

The ancient philosophy of Stoicism is wildly popular at the moment. Long dead Stoic thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius and Seneca the Younger have become best selling authors. This is largely thanks to the self-help industry, which…

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Steven Gambardella

Steven Gambardella

I am a history PhD sharing the lessons of philosophy and history with practical benefits for your life and work. Get in touch: stevengambardella@gmail.com