People - Ancient Rome: Lucius Verus
Born Lucius Aurelius Verus, he was Roman co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius from 161 until his death.
Lucius Verus in Roman Biography
Ve'rus, (Lucius ./Elius), son of vElius Verus, who
had been adopted and made Caesar by the emperor
Hadrian. In 161 A.D. he became the colleague of Marcus
Aurelius as Emperor of Rome. He was a weak and
profligate prince. Died in 169 A.D. His original name
was L. Commodus.
Lucius Verus in Wikipedia
Lucius Aurelius Verus (15 December 130 – 169), born as Lucius Ceionius Commodus, known simply as Lucius Verus, was Roman co-emperor
with Marcus Aurelius (121–180), from 161 until his death.
Early life and career
Lucius Verus was the first born son to Avidia Plautia and Lucius Aelius Verus Caesar, the first adopted son and heir of Roman Emperor
Hadrian (76–138). He was born and raised in Rome. Verus had another brother Gaius Avidius Ceionius Commodus and two sisters Ceionia
Fabia and Ceionia Plautia. His maternal grandparents were the Roman Senator Gaius Avidius Nigrinus and the unattested noblewoman
Ignota Plautia. Although his adoptive paternal grandparents were the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Roman Empress Vibia Sabina, his
biological paternal grandparents were the consul Lucius Ceionius Commodus and noblewoman Aelia or Fundania Plautia.
When his father died in early 138, Hadrian chose Antoninus Pius (86–161) as his successor. Antoninus was adopted by Hadrian on the
condition that Verus and Hadrian’s great-nephew Marcus Aurelius was to be adopted by Antoninus as his sons and heirs.
As a prince and future emperor Verus, received careful education from the famous “grammaticus” Marcus Cornelius Fronto. He was
reported to have been an excellent student, fond of writing poetry and delivering speeches. Verus started his political career as a
quaestor in 153, became consul in 154, and in 161 was consul again with Marcus Aurelius as his senior partner...
Verus, L. Aurelius in Harpers Dictionary
The colleague of M. Aurelius in the Empire, A.D. 161-169. He
was born in 130, and his original name was L. Ceionius
Commodus, was adopted by Hadrian in 136; and on the death of
his father in 138, he was, in pursuance of the command of
Hadrian, adopted, along with M. Aurelius, by M. Antoninus. On
the death of Antoninus in 161, Verus succeeded him as emperor
in conjunction with Marcus Aurelius. As to the events of his
rule see Aurelius. He died in A.D. 169.
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