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date: 27 February 2024

Annius Verus, Marcuslocked

Annius Verus, Marcuslocked

  • Anthony R. Birley

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Annius Verus, Marcus, grandfather of *Marcus Aurelius, from Ucubi (mod. Espejo) in *Baetica, became a patrician under *Vespasian, and was *suffect consul in ce 97. He was influential under *Hadrian, to whom he was probably related, being city prefect (*praefectus urbi), and holding a second (‘ordinary’) consulship (see consul) in 121, and a third in 126. Verus' attractive personality was combined with an astute matrimonial policy: his wife Rupilia Faustina belonged to the republican nobility; one daughter-in-law was the heiress Domitia Lucilla the younger, M. Aurelius' mother; a son-in-law was the future *Antoninus Pius. Still alive when Antoninus was adopted by Hadrian, Verus was remembered with affection by M. Aurelius, who had grown up in his house.

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  • Roman History and Historiography

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