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Late Antiquity

In: Phronesis
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‘Late antiquity’ starts early this year, with Marcus Aurelius in the second century. Christopher Gill, with his impressive corpus of work on the ‘self’ in ancient thought, is ideally suited to author ‘the first commentary on an extended part of the Meditations since Farquharson’s two-volume study of 1944’ (vii).1 His lengthy and sane introduction insists on seeing Marcus as squarely and consistently Stoic in his thought—albeit the ethical focus of his project (that of shaping life as an ongoing journey of self-improvement: xiv, xxxii) can make his discussions of psychology and, especially, physics seem more deformed

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