Roman Philosophy as a Graphic Novel

Donald J. Robertson, Illustrated by Zé Nuno Fraga, VERISSIMUS: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. St. Martin’s Press, June 14, 2022. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-250-27095-5. $32.50 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-250-28265-1. $16.99.
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Marcus Aurelius was the last famous Stoic of antiquity but he was also to become the most powerful man in the known world – the Roman emperor. After losing his father at an early age, he threw himself into the study of philosophy. The closest thing history knew to a philosopher-king, yet constant warfare and an accursed plague almost brought his empire to its knees. “Life is warfare,” he wrote, “and a sojourn in foreign land!” One thing alone could save him: philosophy, the love of wisdom!

The remarkable story of Marcus Aurelius’ life and philosophical journey is brought to life by philosopher and psychotherapist Donald J. Robertson in VERISSIMUS: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (St. Martin’s Press / On Sale: June 14, 2022), a sweeping historical epic of a graphic novel based on a close study of the historical evidence, with the stunning full-color artwork of award-winning illustrator Zé Nuno Fraga.

Donald J. Robertson is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and writer. He was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and after living in England and working in London for many years, he emigrated to Canada where he now lives. Robertson has been researching Stoicism and applying it in his work for twenty years. He is one of the founding members of the non-profit organization Modern Stoicism. Donald is the author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor.

Zé Nuno Fraga is an award-winning illustrator based in Portugal. He is the author and illustrator of Assemblywomen, a graphic novel based on the comedy of Aristophanes.

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