The Melancholic Emperor

My friend Tom recommended the following videos in his comment on a recent post:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLD09Qa3kMk&feature=player_embedded&list=PL361CE5C9167977FC

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!

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