MARCUS AURELIUS Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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Marcus Aurelius                                                                       
Emperor of the Roman Empire                                                           
Full name (Caesar) Marcus                                                             
Aurelius Antoninus Augustus                                                           
Born 26 April 121 Rome                                                                 
Died 17 March 180 (aged 58)                                                           
Vindobona or Sirmium                                                                   
Buried Hadrian's Mausoleum                                                             
Predecessor Antoninus Pius                                                             
Successor Commodus (alone)                                                             
Consort to Faustina the Younger                                                       
Dynasty Antonine                                                                       
Father Annius Verus                                                                   
Mother Domitia Lucilla                                                                 
Children 13, incl. Commodus, Marcus Annius Verus, Antoninus and Lucilla               
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (Rome, April 26, 121 - Vindobona or                 
Sirmium, March 17, 180) was Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180. He was         
the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the most           
important stoic philosophers.                                                         
His tenure was marked by wars in Asia against a revitalized Parthian Empire, and       
with Germanic tribes along the Limes Germanicus into Gaul and across the Danube.       
A revolt in the East, led by Avidius Cassius, failed.                                 
Marcus Aurelius' work Meditations, written on campaign between 170-180, is still       
revered as a literary monument to a government of service and duty and has been       
praised for its "exquisite accent and its infinite tenderness."