Coin of the Roman Empire placed between AD 161-180. Marcus Aurelius rv Concordia std. Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180) was one of the great 5 Roman Good Emperors. He is widely regarded to be the model for a just Roman ruler. He combined statesmanship with a profound interest in stoic philosophy. His meditations reflect his thoughts on self enquiry and self-improvement. As Emperor of Rome from 161-180, Marcus Aurelius kept the empire safe from the Parthians and Germans, but is best known for his intellectual pursuits. It was the historian Edward Gibbon who described the 5 Good emperors. The other emperors were Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antonius Pius and Marcus Aurelius. Although they had absolute power, they rule under the guidance of wisdom and moral virtue.
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