Marcus Aurelius


This sculpture presents us with Marcus Aurelius, Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman of the second century AD. Marcus Aurelius already in his youth became a quaestor and started administrative work, repeatedly was elected consul, and then was proclaimed Caesar. He was engaged in litigation, reviving old Roman traditions rather than introducing innovations. He established four departments of philosophy in Athens - for each of the dominating trends of that time. Not being endowed with a warlike character, he took part in military operations. Died of plague in 180 AD. His reign is called the "golden age" by the historians of Rome.

Marcus Aurelius wrote twelve books in Greek, which are usually combined under the title "Meditations to myself." He believed that a pious, courageous personality led by intelligence partially possesses its own body, soul and spirit; that all people by doing spiritual work participate in the divine and thus are united. In Marcus Aurelius' written texts there are frustration and courage. This is how we see him in Korzhev's sculpture: a middle-aged man whose head is bowed but the gaze is steady and looking forward. He foresees future adversities and is ready to meet them.