Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Marcus Aurelius
(3,872 words)

(Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; Greek Μάρκος Αὐρήλιος/Márkos Aurḗlios)

A. Historical dimension

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121–180, reigned 161–180) was born Marcus Annius Verus in Rome, and his grandfather adopted him after the early death of his father. As son of a senator, he received a solid education in language and literature, but was also taught painting. His teacher, Diognetus, is said to have kindled his interest in philosophy. At the age of twelve, he therefore decided to adopt an ascetic lifestyle. Emperor Hadrian, who had already noti…

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Müller, Gernot Michael, “Marcus Aurelius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004676>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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