Marble bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Sculpted in the 16th century by an anonymous Italian author. In the Prado Museum (Madrid, Spain), from the Spanish Royal Collection.

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

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