I am Donald Robertson, a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and author. I’ve written three books in a row about the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius and how Stoicism was his guide to life. Ask me anything.
I believe that Stoic philosophy is just as relevant today as it was in 2nd AD century Rome, or even 3rd century BC Athens. Ask me anything you want, especially about Stoicism or Marcus Aurelius. I’m an expert on how psychological techniques from ancient philosophy can help us to improve our emotional resilience today.
Who am I? I wrote a popular self-help book about Marcus Aurelius called How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, which has been translated into eighteen languages. I’ve also written a prose biography of his life for Yale University Press’ Ancient Lives forthcoming series. My graphic novel, Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, will be published on 12th July by Macmillan. I also edited the Capstone Classics edition of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, based on the classic George Long translation, which I modernized and contributed a biographical essay to. I’ve written a chapter on Marcus Aurelius and modern psychotherapy for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius edited by John Sellars. I’m one of the founders of the Modern Stoicism nonprofit organization and the founder and president of the Plato’s Academy Centre, a nonprofit based in Athens, Greece.