Marcus Aurelius

Roman Emperor who ruled initially together with Lucius Verus from 161 to 169 AD and then on his own until 180 AD. His family origins were from South Spain and he is believed to be have been spotted by Hadrian and enrolled into the equestrian order as a young boy. He was adopted by the Emperor Antoninus and his political career rocketed becoming a consul when he was only 18.

Marcus Aurelius is considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East; Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, with the threat of the Germanic tribes beginning to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. A revolt in the East led by Avidius Cassius failed to gain momentum and was suppressed immediately. The political troubles of his empire meant that there was less time for major building projects. The Aurelius column and the triumphal arch are situated in the Piazza Colonna in Rome. The most famous portayal of Marcus Aurelius is the equestrian statue which stood for many years as the centrepiece of the Piazza Del Campidoglo on the Capitoline Hill at Rome.
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  • Born
    121 AD
  • Place of birth
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Died
    180 AD
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