Lucius Verus

Lucius Ceionius Commodus Verus Armeniacus

AD130 ~ AD169

Lucius Ceionius Commodus Verus Armeniacus born in 130.

Verus was said to have been an excellent student, receiving his education from a famous tutor of that time, Marcus Cornelius Fronto and was skilled in the writing and reciting of poetry and speeches.


He ruled as co-emperor with Marcus, something which had never occurred in Roman history, and though they shared the same title and equal powers Marcus ultimately became the more dominant. To prove there was no competition between the two, control of the armies was given to Verus and he also married the daughter of Marcus, further strengthening their ties.

While in control of the armies, Verus is known to have been an admirable commander who was not too proud to delegate tasks to generals more competent than he. The morale of the armies, while under his rule, was high and Verus always ensured he had a troupe of actors and musicians with him on any trip he took.

In 168 a war broke out that would last until 180 but Verus did not see the end of it as he died in 169 from either smallpox or food poisoning.     

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