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14. Hadrian's Heirs

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Adopted by Hadrian as his first choice for successor in 136, Lucius Aelius Verus (coin as Caesar, and bust) died two years later.

Hadrian replaced Aelius with 51-year-old Titus Aurelius Fulvius Boionius Arrius Antoninus (Pius), who was urged to adopt two sons. One was 17-year-old Marcus Annius Verus (coin above right), who was to become Marcus Aurelius, the other was Lucius Aelius’s seven-year-old son Lucius Ceionius Commodus (bust as child right), later known as Lucius Verus.

Face of the philosopher: Marcus Aurelius, bust and coin (right) of the young Caesar in waiting.

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