Jan 31, Andrew Dockrill rated it really liked it Marcus Aurelius, arguably one of the most world renowned names in classic history for his philosophical works i. Also given the situation he was placed in, having never campaigned to any real notable Marcus Aurelius, arguably one of the most world renowned names in classic history for his philosophical works i. Also given the situation he was placed in, having never campaigned to any real notable extent prior to the Marcomanni Wars, and responding the way that he did, was nothing short of remarkable. He was also notable for being among some of the few emperors who did not in fact want the throne, others such as Tiberius had a similar disposition. Therefore he tried to co-rule with Lucius Verus, which worked out relatively well, even though the men were so very different.

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Name[ edit ] Marcus was born in Rome on 26 April Her inheritance included large brickworks on the outskirts of Rome — a profitable enterprise in an era when the city was experiencing a construction boom — and the Horti Domitia Calvillae or Lucillae , a villa on the Caelian hill of Rome. Technically this was not an adoption, the creation of a new and different patria potestas. Hadrian is wearing the laurel crown. In late , Hadrian almost died from a hemorrhage.

His health was so poor that, during a ceremony to mark his becoming heir to the throne, he was too weak to lift a large shield on his own. The night before the speech, however, he grew ill, and died of a hemorrhage later in the day. Aelius Aurelius Verus, and Lucius became L. Aelius Aurelius Commodus. The senate complied, and Marcus served under Antoninus, the consul for Marcus probably would have opted for travel and further education instead. As it was, Marcus was set apart from his fellow citizens.

His condition did not improve, and he abandoned the diet prescribed by his doctors, indulging himself in food and drink. He sent for Antoninus, who was at his side when he died on 10 July It celebrates the betrothal of Marcus Aurelus and Faustina the Younger in , pictured below Antoninus, who is holding a statuette of Concordia and clasping hands with Faustina the Elder.

PIVS P. PII F. As the heir apparent, Marcus became princeps iuventutis, head of the equestrian order. He would read imperial letters to the senate when Antoninus was absent, and would do secretarial work for the senators. But that ulcer [ Marcus makes no apparent reference to the marriage in his surviving letters, and only sparing references to Faustina.

The latter two were the most esteemed orators of their time, [86] but probably did not become his tutors until his adoption by Antoninus in The preponderance of Greek tutors indicates the importance of the Greek language to the aristocracy of Rome.

Although educated in Rome, in his Meditations, Marcus would write his inmost thoughts in Greek. He would not mention Herodes at all in his Meditations, in spite of the fact that they would come into contact many times over the following decades. Fronto exercised a complete mastery of Latin, capable of tracing expressions through the literature, producing obscure synonyms , and challenging minor improprieties in word choice.

How is it between you and me? One notorious case brought him into conflict with Atticus. Those in particular which refer to the beating and robbing I will describe in such a way that they savour of gall and bile.

When he criticized the insincerity of conventional language, Fronto took to defend it. He had kept his teachers on good terms, following them devotedly. As the grandson of Arulenus Rusticus , one of the martyrs to the tyranny of Domitian r. She was the first of at least thirteen children including two sets of twins that Faustina would bear over the next twenty-three years.

The next day, 1 December, Antoninus gave Marcus the tribunician power and the imperium — authority over the armies and provinces of the emperor. As tribune, he had the right to bring one measure before the senate after the four Antoninus could introduce. If the gods are willing we seem to have a hope of recovery.

The diarrhea has stopped, the little attacks of fever have been driven away. They did not survive long. Before the end of the year, another family coin was issued: it shows only a tiny girl, Domitia Faustina, and one boy baby.

Then another: the girl alone. The infants were buried in the Mausoleum of Hadrian , where their epitaphs survive. The boy did not survive long, as evidenced by coins from , only depicting the two girls.

He was consul in , [] and was consul again with Marcus in Lucius had a markedly different personality from Marcus: he enjoyed sports of all kinds, but especially hunting and wrestling; he took obvious pleasure in the circus games and gladiatorial fights. He found it difficult to keep himself upright without stays. He started nibbling on dry bread to give him the strength to stay awake through his morning receptions. As Antoninus aged, Marcus would take on more administrative duties, more still when he became the praetorian prefect an office that was as much secretarial as military when Marcus Gavius Maximus died in or Antoninus may have already been ill.

In the night he vomited; he had a fever the next day. The day after that, 7 March , [] he summoned the imperial council, and passed the state and his daughter to Marcus.


Marcus Aurelius: A Biography

Sources[ edit ] The major sources for the life and rule of Marcus Aurelius are patchy and frequently unreliable. This is particularly true of his youth. The biographies contained in the Historia Augusta claim to be written by a group of authors at the turn of the fourth century, but are in fact written by a single author referred to here as "the biographer" from the later fourth century c. The later biographies and the biographies of subordinate emperors and usurpers are a tissue of lies and fiction, but the earlier biographies, derived primarily from now-lost earlier sources Marius Maximus or Ignotus , are much better. Dio is vital for the military history of the period, but his senatorial prejudices and strong opposition to imperial expansion obscure his perspective. Their only famous member was Titus Annius Milo , a man known for hastening the end of the free republic through his use of political violence. The family rose to prominence in the late first century AD.


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