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(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. [1]

My Take by David Verne
During this period of the Empire, Imperial succession wasn't as clear cut as one emperor dying and their heir immediately inheriting all titles and powers. By the time an emperor died, his heir would have been granted power to the point where the heir was emperor in all but name. This allowed the heir to take on most of the daily tasks as the emperor aged and led to a smooth transition of power. This was the ideal system and had worked in an almost unfailing streak for 4 emperors, but it wouldn't last forever.

See Also


  1. Imperium proconsular marius.

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