The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it […] Look within. Within is the fountain of the good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.” (Meditations, Books IV & VII). 

The quotes given above are from the personal writings (‘Meditations’) of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius -often referred to as the ‘philosopher emperor’. History has been kind to Marcus Aurelius -he is one of the most fondly remembered of the emperors, and of the so-called ‘Five Good Emperors’. He is depicted here in the shown Celtic bust, which was found in Switzerland. A very fine example of provincial Roman art. It is made of gold and dates to about 180 AD.

Artefact courtesy of & can be viewed at the Historic Museum of Bern, Switzerland. Photo taken by Xuan Che.

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