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"The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" (1909)

 

Illustrated by William Russell Flint

 

 

"The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" (1909) was based upon a translation - undertaken by George Long - of the surviving

recorded thoughts of the Stoic Philosopher and Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

 

Long provides a description of the education provided to Antoninus by his own family and his father through adoption, Antoninus Pius (who was

Emperor prior to his adopted son) in the following manner:

 

The youth was most carefully brought up. He thanks the gods that he had good grandfathers,

good parents, a good sister, good teachers, good associates, good kinsmen and friends,

nearly everything good. He had the happy fortune to witness the example of his uncle and

adoptive father Antoninus Pius, and he has recorded in his work the virtues of this excellent

man and prudent ruler. Like many young Romans he tried his hand at poetry and studied

rhetoric. Herodes Atticus and M. Cornelius Fronto were his teachers in eloquence. There

are extant letters between Fronto and Marcus,  which show the great affection of the pupil

for the master, and the masterís great hopes of his industrious pupil. M. Antoninus mentions

Fronto among those to whom he was indebted for his education.

 

When he was eleven years old, he assumed the dress of philosophers, something plain and

coarse, became a hard student, and lived a most laborious, abstemious life, even so far as

to injure his health. Finally, he abandoned poetry and rhetoric for philosophy, and he attached

himself to the sect of the Stoics. But he did not neglect the study of law, which was a useful

preparation for the high place which he was designed to fill. His teacher was L. Volusianus

Maecianus, a distinguished jurist. We must suppose that he learned the Roman discipline of

arms, which was a necessary part of the education of a man who afterwards led his troops to

battle against a warlike race.

 

Long also writes of the enduring legacy of Antoninus - particularly as it relates to his meditations - thus:

 

The little book of Antoninus has been the companion of some great men. Machiavelliís ďArt

of WarĒ and Marcus Antoninus were the two books which were used when he was a young

man by Captain John Smith, and he could not have found two writers better fitted to form the

character of a soldier and a man. Smith is almost unknown and forgotten in England, his

native country, but not in America, where he saved the young colony of Virginia. He was

great in his heroic mind and his deeds in arms, but greater still in the nobleness of his

character. For a manís greatness lies not in wealth and station, as the vulgar believe, nor yet

in his intellectual capacity, which is often associated with the meanest moral character, the

most abject servility to those in high places and arrogance to the poor and lowly; but a manís

true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just

estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examination, and a steady obedience

to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself, as the emperor says he should

not, about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not do that which he thinks

and says and does.

 

 

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Cover for ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909), illustrated by William Russell Flint

 

 

To the left, we show the Cover of the First Edition of Russell Flint's interpretation

of "The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" published in 1909

in exceedingly small numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right, we show the monotone illustration

by Russell Flint for the Title Page.

 

Monotone illustration from William Russell Flint for the Title Page of ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)

     

William Russell Flint's suite of illustrations published in "The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" (1909)  included 12 colour images presented as

tipped-in plates.

 

 

Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing William Russell Flint's artwork for the

First Edition of "The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" (1909)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing a William Russell Flint illustration for ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)

 

Front of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Russell Flint's work, we have prepared sets of 12 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on

premium acid-free card stock) displaying colour images from his designs for "The Thoughts of the Emperor

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

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An example of the appearance of the rear of the Greeting Cards, showing the tipped-on information regarding the profiled illustraton, William Russell Flint and ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)

 

Rear of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical of

prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented

on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about William Russell Flint, this wonderful suite

and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our Fine Art

Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about William Russell Flint, this suite and

the profiled illustration.

 

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Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through email - our address is ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from William Russell Flint.

Fine Art Poster sample showing a William Russell Flint illustration for ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 11x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by William Russell Flint for the First Edition of

"The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" (1909)

 

 

William Russell Flint - 'From Diogentus [I learned] not to busy myself about trifling things' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'Men seek retreats from themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'Do not act as if thou wert going to live ten thousand years' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'Willingly give thyself up to Clotho, allowing her to spin thy thread into whatever she pleases' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)  

From Diogentus [I learned] not to

busy myself about trifling things

 

 

Men seek retreats from themselves,

houses in the country, sea-shores,

and mountains

 

 

Do not act as if thou wert going to

live ten thousand years

Willingly give thyself up to Clotho,

allowing her to spin thy thread into

whatever she pleases

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

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Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

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Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

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William Russell Flint - 'A prayer of the Athenians' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'To little children the ball is a fine thing' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'With food and drink and cunning arts, Turning the channel's course to 'scape from death' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'He who pursues pleasure as good, and avoids pain as evil, is guilty of impiety' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)  

A prayer of the Athenians

 

 

To little children the ball is a

fine thing

 

 

With food and drink and cunning arts,

Turning the channel's course to 'scape

from death

 

 

He who pursues pleasure as good,

and avoids pain as evil, is guilty

of impiety

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 5 (11x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 6 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 7 (11x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 8 (11x18)
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William Russell Flint - 'Certain islands of the Happy' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'O Cithaeron!' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'And virtue they will curse, speaking harsh words' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909) William Russell Flint - 'Tiberius et Capreae' from ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)  

Certain islands of the Happy

 

 

O Cithaeron!

And virtue they will curse, speaking

harsh words

 

 

Tiberius et Capreae

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 9 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 10 (14x11)
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: WRF TEMAA 11 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

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