My pleasure! Fascinating man indeed. One thing I decided not to include in the final draft was how Marcus Aurelius chose his son to be his successor, which was against the custom of the time. Usually the emperor chose from outside the blood line, for example Aurelius wasn’t the biological son of the former emperor. I think this was a poor gesture of Marcus to give power to his son knowing his son wasn’t the best choice. In the movie Gladiator this was fictionalized to make it like Aurelius never actually intended to give power to his son, but had intended to give it to Commodus before being stabbed to death by said son… if only it was true then Aurelius legacy would be even more impeccable.

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