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Marcus Aurelius Antonius was Emperor of Rome, A. D. 121.

Epictetus was a native of Hieropolis, a city of Phrygia, and was a slave in Rome to Epaphroditus, a courtier of Nero, about A. D. 65. He was made free and died old and poor, ever cheerful and kind to all.

Seneca was of Spanish birth, came to Rome with his father in the reign of Augustus Cæsar, and rose to eminence, but suffered for his liberal opinions.

All three, especially the two last, were of the Stoic Philosophers.

I use the translations in Bohn's Classical Library.

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