A Tourist in Rome - Marcus Aurelius

Birth:April 26, 121 AD
Death:March 17, 180 AD (illness)
Emperor:161 AD - death

Marcus Aurelius was an able administrator and ruler, but found himself on the northern borders of the Empire fighting a series of defensive wars against Germanic tribes for most of his 19 year reign. He co-ruled with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus for eight years until the latter's death. He decided that his son, Commodus, would succeed him as emperor. Aurelius built very little in Rome, beginning the Column of Marcus Aurelius that was not completed until long after his death. Aurelius remains one of the great figures of Roman history and is generally considered to be the last in a line of good emperors and the end of his reign is often considered the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire.

    
Marcus Aurelius, in the National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Massimo
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Marcus Aurelius, in the Capitoline Museum
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Marcus Aurelius, in the courtyard of Palazzo Valentini
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Marcus Aurelius, in the Capitoline Museum's Hall of the Emperors
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Marcus Aurelius, in the National Museum of Rome - Baths of Diocletian
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Marcus Aurelius, in the National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Altemps
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