Marcus Aurelius Timeline

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  • 26 Apr 121 CE - 17 Mar 180 CE
    Life of Marcus Aurelius.
  • 132 CE
    Marcus Aurelius is introduced to philosophy by his teacher Diognetus.
  • 138 CE
    Marcus Aurelius adopted by Antoninus Pius as successor.
  • 145 CE
    Marcus Aurelius marries Faustina, daughter of Antoninus Pius.
  • 161 CE - c. 166 CE
    Parthian Wars with Rome; Lucius Verus commands Rome's forces in the field.
  • 7 Mar 161 CE - 17 Mar 180 CE
  • 9 Mar 161 CE - Mar 169 CE
    Marcus Aurelius rules with Lucius Verus.
  • c. 162 CE - c. 166 CE
    Marcus Aurelius persecutes new sect of Christianity.
  • Oct 166 CE
    Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius celebrate a shared triumph, both are hailed as Pater Patriae.
  • 168 CE
    Germanic tribes cross the Danube into the Roman Empire.
  • 169 CE
    Lucius Verus dies.
  • Mar 169 CE - 177 CE
    Marcus Aurelius rules alone.
  • 170 CE - 180 CE
    Marcus Aurelius leads campaigns against the Germanic tribes; writes his famous Meditations.
  • 175 CE
    Marcus Aurelius tours eastern provinces of empire; his wife Faustina dies.
  • c. 176 CE
    A huge bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback is erected in Rome.
  • 177 CE - 17 Mar 180 CE
    Marcus Aurelius rules with Commodus.
  • c. 180 CE
    The Column of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina is erected in Rome. It depicts in relief sculpture the emperors' campaigns across the Danube.