Author name not noted above: Marcus Aurelius. Translator names not noted above: Benjamin Jowett, Hastings Crossley, and George Long. Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume II features: The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito, by Greek philosopher PLATO (c. 428 Bic. 347 Be, three of his greatest dialogues about his mentor, Socrates, and essential for understanding the Socratic method. The Golden Sayings, by Greek philosopher EPICTETUS (55-135), a collection of Stoic aphorisms and wisdom. The Meditations, by Roman emperor MARCUS AURELIUS (121-180), an ode to the obligations and rewards of duty.