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Marcus Aurelius

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Definition: Roman emperor who was a conqueror and also a philosopher. He firmly believed in Stoicism, a Greek theory of philosophy. He also made it a practice to oppose corruption at all levels of government. He sold his own property to raise money for the Empire, freed slaves whenever he could and ordered gladiators to fight with blunted weapons. He won great victories, especially against the barbarians of the north, but grew old and tired and was succeeded by his son, Commodus, who proved to be a disastrous emperor.

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Roman Emperors: Marcus Aurelius
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The Philosopher Emperor
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