The Golden Age of Rome is recognized as the period from A.D. 96-180. Marcus Aurelius, the final emperor of this prosperous era of Roman history, reigned from A.D. 161-180. Known as a sensible, dutiful and patient Emperor, he also authored “Meditations,” a source for the understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. This Silver Denarius was struck AD 161-180 for the philosopher-emperor, Marcus Aurelius. The last of the “Five Good Emperors”.