The Inner Citadel Stoic Medallion
The Inner Citadel is a concept used in Stoicism that is most prominently referred to by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus.
The journey within, the retreat inside, introspection, the path home, self-enquiry and the soul are just some of the terms that refer to the same inward journey that the Stoics referred to as the Inner Citadel.
The Stoics, sages and the wisest people to have ever lived realised that everything takes place inside of us. Anger, jealousy, misery, frustration, joy, peace. It all happens inside. Our opinions about the outside world happen inside of us. Even an irritating noise is only “irritating” inside of us. Without our inner irritation, it is just a noise. The inner sanctuary is all we really have and it goes wherever we go.
This is why the Stoics – most notably Marcus Aurelius – saw how important it was to cultivate, manage, explore and fortify the Inner Citadel that lies within all of us. The Inner Citadel in Stoicism simply being that place inside of us where there is peace and contentment, regardless of what is happening “outside of the walls”.
THIS SPECIFIC MEDALLION – FRONT & BACK
Front of the coin: Features the words “The Inner Citadel” as well as an image of a strong, fortified citadel. It is a representation of the stronghold we must work to cultivate.
Back of the coin: Features the Marcus Aurelius quote “Nowhere is more peaceful – more free of interruptions – than your own soul”. In this instance, the Stoics use the word “Soul” and “Inner Citadel” to refer to exactly the same thing – that innermost space within us.
Whether you keep this medallion on your desk, in your pocket or by your bed, it is designed to be a constant reminder that your inner citadel is always there to retreat to should you need it. It is also a reminder to continue to cultivate your citadel and inner strength.
The coins are made of Brass and have an Antique Silver finish. Each coin is 38mm in diameter. All coins are double-sided and have flat edges.
All coins come with a plastic container case included as well as a Stoic Store UK drawstring pouch – ideal for taking your coin anywhere, presenting it as a gift and protecting it from damage.
Our packaging is 100% recycled, recyclable and biodegradable!