Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Death c.17 Mar 180 (aged 58)
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Memorial ID 35001023 · View Source
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Roman Emperor, Philosopher. He was born in 121 AD, and, along with Lucius Verus, he was adopted as a son of heir the Emperor Antoninus Pius in 138 AD. As a young man he studied philosophy, particularly the stoic Epicetus, and was made consul for the first time in 140 AD. On Pius's death in 161 AD he and Verus were made joint Emperors, with Verus commanding the legions in the east and Aurelius ruling from Rome. He passed laws to improve the situation of slaves, widows and children and introduced different punishments for those of different social classes. After the death of Verus in 169 AD he became sole ruler and personally led the army against a German rebellion, eventually repelling the invaders after a long campaign. While on this campaign he wrote his famous "Meditations", a work of stoic philosophy that is still regarded as a classic of western literature. He also toured the eastern provinces, and visited Athens where he declared himself a protector of philosophy, before winning victories on the Danube frontier in 178 AD. He died, possibly of cancer, in 180 AD and was immediately deified; a column and temple were erected to commemorate his victories.

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