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MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS. Marcus Aurelius. London: Published by Arthur L Humphreys, 1909. Small quarto. pp. [iv], 286. Title printed in red and black. Bound by Hatchards of Piccadilly with their name stamped on turn-in of upper board, in full red crushed levant morocco. Covers framed by a single gilt fillet with gilt decoration in corners; replicated on spine, title in gilt direct in second panel and on upper cover; wide gilt turn-ins ruled in gilt; cream endpapers; board edges ruled in gilt; red and green endbands. Some mild foxing to endpapers, spine evenly faded. All edges gilt. A very good and attractive copy.
Translated in 1862 by George Long the English classical scholar.
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121-180) was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors (a term coined some thirteen centuries later by Niccolò Machiavelli), and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161.