In Our Time: History

In Our Time: History

BBC Radio 4

Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

Categories: Education

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the man who, according to Machiavelli, was the last of the Five Good Emperors. Marcus Aurelius, 121 to 180 AD, has long been known as a model of the philosopher king, a Stoic who, while on military campaigns, compiled ideas on how best to live his life, and how best to rule. These ideas became known as his Meditations, and they have been treasured by many as an insight into the mind of a Roman emperor, and an example of how to avoid the corruption of power in turbulent times. The image above shows part of a bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. With Simon Goldhill Professor of Greek Literature and Culture and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge Angie Hobbs Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield And Catharine Edwards Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck, University of London Producer: Simon Tillotson

Previous episodes

  • 305 - Marcus Aurelius 
    Thu, 25 Feb 2021
  • 304 - The Plague of Justinian 
    Thu, 21 Jan 2021
  • 303 - The Cultural Revolution 
    Thu, 17 Dec 2020
  • 302 - The Zong Massacre 
    Thu, 26 Nov 2020
  • 301 - Maria Theresa 
    Thu, 22 Oct 2020
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