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Ancient Lives

Ancient Lives

The Ancient Lives series unfolds the stories of thinkers, writers, kings, queens, conquerors, and politicians from all parts of the ancient world. Readers will come to know these figures in fully human dimensions, complete with foibles and flaws, and will see that the issues they faced—political conflicts, constraints based in gender or race, tensions between the private and public self—have changed very little over the course of millennia.

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Marcus Aurelius and How to Cope with Anxiety

March 20, 2024

Donald J. Robertson— When Marcus Aurelius was acclaimed emperor, in 161 CE, his first act was to insist that the Senate confer the same powers on his adoptive brother, who… READ MORE

Who Was Marcus Aurelius?

February 6, 2024

Marcus Aurelius: The Stoic Emperor brings Marcus Aurelius (121–180 CE) to life for a new generation of readers. Founding member of the organization Modern Stoicism Donald Robertson answers your questions… READ MORE

Ep. 130 — Rome’s Last Pagan Emperor

January 15, 2024

In this episode of the Yale University Press podcast, we talk with Philip Freeman about Julian: Rome’s Last Pagan Emperor. Julian: Rome’s Last Pagan Emperor is part of the Ancient Lives Series,… READ MORE