(Note from David Verne: I will be gone and won't have access to a computer until August 12. I won't be able to write the segments for a while, and I apologize for the interruption.)
Preparing the Heir
Contributed by David Verne
This year, Antoninus married his daughter, Faustina, to Marcus Aurelius to fulfill his deal with the former emperor, Hadrian, to adopt Marcus as heir. Antoninus also grants Marcus Imperium Pronconsular Maius. This was a part of Roman law that gave power over the provinces and over the provincial governors. Marcus, who was 25 at the time, ended his formal education at this time and began to take up some of the burdens of rulership to learn how to run the Empire. It was also at this time that he began to study the Stoic philosophy.