Marcus Aurelius (as Augustus)

Reece Period attributed: Period 8

Obverse image of a coin of Marcus Aurelius (as Augustus)

Member of the The Antonines dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 161 until 180.

Marcus Annius Verus was born in AD 121 and somehow caught the attention of the reigning emperor Hadrian. At age 18, he was adopted by Antoninus Pius along with Lucius Ceionius Commodus; he because deeply attached to his adoptive father.

Upon the death of Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius had himself and Lucius Verus proclaimed co-emperors, although it seems to have been his father’s wish that only Marcus Aurelius fulfil that position. Marcus Aurelius may have thus elevated his adoptive brother because he wished to have more time for philosophy.

Soon after their accession, the dual Caesars faced the Parthian War and, immediately after, the Plague. Germanic invaders also attacked in the north. Verus suffered a stroke in 168, and Marcus Aurelius was left to rule alone. He had to deal with continued revolts in Germany, as well as an attempt by the governor of Syria to gain more power.

Faustina the Younger, wife of Marcus Aurelius, conspired against him with this governor of Syria (Cassius). However, soldiers loyal to the emperor killed Cassius and the ruler himself sought to avoid further conspiracy. At this point, Marcus Aurelius’ son Commodus joined him in the struggles on the Danube frontier.

The emperor died after several years of body pains and a possible dependence on opium. He was buried in Hadrian’s mausoleum and remembered as a good emperor who met with undue hardship.

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PAS record number: WAW-6FC7B6

Record: WAW-6FC7B6
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman coin: A silver denarius of Antoninus Pius struck under Marcus Aurelius dating to AD 161 to 180 (Reece Period 8). Reverse type is CONSEC…
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PAS record number: IOW-51E3D2

Record: IOW-51E3D2
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete Roman copper-alloy as, probably of Marcus Aurelius as Augustus dating to the period AD 161-180 (Reece period 8). Reverse illegi…
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PAS record number: LEIC-ACCA35

Record: LEIC-ACCA35
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy sestertius, probably of Marcus Aurelius, dating to the period AD 161-80. Unclear reverse type. Diameter: 33.0mm, thickness:…
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PAS record number: BERK-70D521

Record: BERK-70D521
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy sestertius of Marcus Aurelius as Augustus (AD 161-180), dating to AD 172-3 (Reece Period 8), RETITVTORI ITALIAE IMP VI COS III…
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PAS record number: DENO-F19120

Record: DENO-F19120
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy dupondius of Marcus Aurelius as Augustus dating to the period AD 168-169 (Reece Period 8). Probably SALVTI AVGVSTOR TR P XVIII…
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Information from Wikipedia

  • Preferred label: Marcus Aurelius
  • Full names:
    • (as emperor)
    • Marcus Annius Catilius Severus
    • Marcus Aelius Aurelius Verus Caesar
    • birth to marriage)
    • Marcus Aurelius
    • (as imperial heir)
    • Marcus Annius Verus
    • (marriage to adoption by Antoninus Pius)
    • (or Marcus Catilius Severus;
    • Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
    • Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
  • Title:16th Emperor of the Roman Empire
  • Predecessor: Antoninus Pius
  • Successor: Commodus
  • Definition: Marcus Aurelius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; April 26, 121 CE – March 17, 180 CE), was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East; Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, with the threat of the Germanic tribes beginning to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. A revolt in the East led by Avidius Cassius failed to gain momentum and was suppressed immediately. Marcus Aurelius' Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
  • Parents:
  • Birth place: Rome
  • Death place:
  • Spouse:
  • Other title(s):
    • Consul of the Roman Empire with Antoninus Pius
    • Consul of the Roman Empire with Lucius Verus
    • List of Roman emperors
  • Came After:
    • Titus Hoenius Severus and Marcus Peducaeus Stloga Priscinus
    • Quintus Iunius Rusticus and Lucius Titius Plautius Aquilinus
    • Commodus
    • Sextus Erucius Clarus and Gnaeus Claudius Severus Arabianus
  • Came before:
    • Antoninus Pius, Gaius Bruttius Praesens and Lucius Fulvius Rusticus
    • Lollianus Avitus and Titus Statilius Maximus
    • Appius Annius Atilius Bradua and Titus Clodius Vibius Varus
    • Antoninus Pius
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