Dinarus Marcus Aurelius
For many years I have dreamed of finding a coin of ancient Rome. For the sake of this, I studied many ancient settlements, but luck did not come to me. And so, who would have thought, that all this time the coin was lying under my nose! Just on the lawn next to my grandmother’s house. The most interesting is that it was the third signal during my digging that day, literally 8 minutes after the start of the excavation, and here it is!
And now, after almost two thousand years underground, the coin began to shine again!
Marcus Aurelius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; 26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161.
Marcus was born to Marcus Annius Verus (III) (the nephew of the reigning Emperor Hadrian) and Domitia Lucilla. After his father died, he was raised by his mother and grandfather, Marcus Annius Verus (II). Following the death of Hadrian’s heir apparent Aelius Caesar in 138, the emperor selected Marcus’ uncle, Antoninus Pius, as his new heir. Antoninus adopted Marcus and the son of Aelius, Lucius (later to rule as Emperor Lucius Verus alongside Marcus). Hadrian died that year and Antoninus became emperor. Now heir to the throne, Marcus studied Greek and Latin under tutors such as Herodes Atticus and Marcus Cornelius Fronto. He kept in close correspondence with Fronto for many years afterwards. Marcus married Antoninus’ daughter Faustina in 145. Antoninus died following an illness in 180.