Marcus Aurelias didn't fade in the recognition stakes. We read his "Meditations", we marvel at how appropriate they are to all situations, we regard him with warm regard. Well, at least you and I do, and some of the people we know. The average guy probably wonders which footy team he plays for.
Plato, if nothing else, gave us some tools to see through lies and sophistry. I studied the Sophist in Delphi a few years ago, my brain turned into spaghetti, but I came to appreciate the wisdom. How many Americans would be alive today if more people ran the voice of reason over the statements of their leaders in this current Covid-45 crisis?