Compare And Contrast Augustus And Marcus Aurelius

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When discussing the greatest empires in the history of the world, the Roman Empire will always be included. At its peak the Roman empire was made up of almost all of modern day Europe, and it was considered to be one of the mightiest empires in history. There was no single factor that contributed to the success of the Roman Empire. It is rather a success founded upon military strength, cultural prosperity, and political policies. Augustus and Marcus Aurelius are two of the Emperors of Rome who truly valued what it meant to be Roman, and lead Rome in a way that they felt was right. The last words of Emperor Augustus were, “Behold, I found Rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble.” During his 40-years reign, Augustus almost doubled the…show more content…
Augustus’ advances in a conservative policy for Rome, a new form of government, and the rebuilding of the city allowed him to rule the Roman world for nearly half a century. Marcus Aurelius’ was a Stoic ruler who did his best to keep his chin up and inspire those around him to become better than they were. His work, Meditations, because the basics for Stoic philosophy, in which are still used today. Even though both emperors left a mark on Rome, Augustus’ reign was far more important. His goal was not just to rebuild Rome, but to rebuild it so the generations to come would be able to continue to thrive, and that is exactly what happened. There might not have been a Rome for Aurelius to rule if Augustus hadn’t been there first to create it. The remarkable legacy of the Roman Empire is more than just a few good emperors. Their strong military strategies, technological developments, and widespread infrastructure has made a lasting impact on our society today. We study the successes and failures of great emperors in the past because it helps us create a better future. Everything these men did and went through is important for us today. Even though they’re thousands of years between our lives, there is still something to be learned from
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