My friend Tom recommended the following videos in his comment on a recent post:
This is one of the best lectures I have seen, on one of the most intriguing characters in Western philosophy.
While I’m reading some work on the Stoics, I know very little about Marcus Aurelius. But Professor Michael Sugrue, of Princeton at the time of this lecture, characterises the Philosopher-Emperor as a man of heroic virtue without peer in his own time or in history.
His reflections will be of particular merit to those of us with a philosophical inclination who are weary of the self-interested ethos that rules contemporary life!
Here’s an alternate link, in a single video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z27Saih7JK4
P.S. I would surely fail the Emperor test!