jpete wrote:I'm afraid these aren't the kinds of questions historians care to answer since it has nothing to do with conquering Europe.
jpete wrote:However, I don't think I am incorrect in saying that most history books focus on battles and wars and rarely address the less 'heroic' side of events or people. Since I no longer have access to a university library this problem is even more pronounced. Of course, my research skills may be more at fault that I am willing to readily admit.
Rindu wrote:The idea that History, as a discipline, is only concerned with wars and such is manifestly false. The discipline may have suffered an undue influence of Thucydides, to be sure, but Herodotus is pater historiae, and his work is nearly a work of anthropology!
jpete wrote:I want to first thank Dr. Gythiel for encouraging his Medieval History class to read the Stoics. I must confess with embarrassment that, as a Christian, I wasn't sure if the Stoics were something I should read. Dr. Gythiel was correct in saying everyone should read the stoics, especially Christians. The books I have read by the Roman stoics (Seneca and Marcus Aurelius) have really improved my life and my faith. However, I don't want to get into religion. What I am curious about is was Marcus Aurelius a good stoic? I have read (in English I'm afraid) and thoroughly enjoyed his book of stoic philosophy. However, it is hard for me to believe that a man of such power could even think so humbly let alone act in accordance with these stoic beliefs. I've read that Seneca struggled greatly with balancing his power with the ideals of Stoicism. Was Emperor Aurelius true to his philosophy or did he talk the talk but not walk the walk? I'm afraid these aren't the kinds of questions historians care to answer since it has nothing to do with conquering Europe. Any learned opinion would be greatly appreciated. [/u]
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