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Marcus Aurelius
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Marcus Aurelius, (orig. Marcus Annius Verus; Apr 26, 121 – Mar 17, 180, Vindobona or Sirmium, Danube), the last exponent of a humanitarian imperial rule (161–180). Born into a provincial Roman family in Spain, he was chosen by Hadrian on account of his earnest, irreproachable character and adopted by Antoninus Pius. He initially shared imperial power with his co-emperor Lucius Verus, but became sole ruler upon the latter's death (169). His rule was marked by fierce defensive wars against foreign enemies, at first agai…

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Klein, Richard, “Marcus Aurelius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13554>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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