Antoninus diffused order and tranquility over the greatest part of the earth. His reign is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history; which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.Edward Gibbon
Marcus Aurelius more deeply versed in the wisdom of his time, ... or more single-minded in his devotion to it when found let him abstain from that assumption of the joint infallibility of himself and the multitude, which the great Antoninus made with so unfortunate a result.John Stuart Mill, in Half-hours of French Translation, Or Extracts from the Best English Authors ..., p.236
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