David Chacko

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Copyright © 2008 David Chacko

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Should I say I mean to set accounts straight?

Ask not how many men have spoken those words in the history of Rome. The answer is: all of them. They would like the story of their lives amended, and above all, justified. I will not do that. My purpose is to set down a record of the life of the most remarkable man ever to be known as the Emperor of Rome. He ascended the throne when he was fourteen years old and died when he was eighteen. Yet he was an emperor. And a man.

Some say he was more—a demon come from the worst place in Hades to visit disgrace on Rome. These men have stated their case. After his death, the Senate proclaimed the damnatio memoriae upon the emperor. The name of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was stricken from every place in the empire. His statues were thrown down and his coinage withdrawn from circulation. All memory of him as emperor, or even a man, was erased.

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