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Name:  Marcus Aurelius
Brief biography:  Roman Emperor 161-180.
Nationality:  Roman
Occupation:  Emperor
Date of birth:  121
Place of birth:  Rome
Period of rule:  161-180
Date of death:  180
Place of death:  Vienna

Marcus Aurelius is popularly remembered as a philosopher-emperor, and is the last of the 'five good emperors'. He was adopted by the Emperor Antoninus Pius along with Lucius Verus, and was married to Antoninus's daughter, Faustina Minor (or Faustina II / Faustina the younger), who was also Marcus Aurelius's first cousin through his father and her mother. When Antoninus died in 161, Marcus was reputed to have feared taking power, though this may have been a trope. He was not emperor alone, however, and ruled with Lucius Verus, who was married to Marcus and Faustina's daughter, Lucilla. Their reign was reputed to have been one of tolerance and free speech (or, at least, not executing people who wrote critiques of them), but Lucius Verus died of a plague in 169. Upon Marcus's own death in 180, he was succeeded by his biological son, Commodus.

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