Marcus Aurelius is remembered as one of Rome’s greatest emperors, the last of the so-called ”Five Good Emperors“. He is known for the work of Stoic philosophy today called the ”Meditations of Marcus Aurelius“. Military victories against the Persians and the Germans kept the empire relatively secure. Persecution of Christians increased during his reign. He was succeeded by his own natural born son, not an adopted heir, something that had not happened for almost a century. Commodus proved to a cruel and in every other respect unqualified ruler, who’s short reign stood in stark contrast to his fathers.