Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor Philosopher, full Latin name: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Born in Rome.
Reign period: 117 AD – 180 AD

Marcus Aurelius was the emperor, who was praised as the embodiment of the Ancient Greek ideal of the philosopher-king. He came from a family of patricians. In addition to the excellent education, he was known as modest and of a noble nature. In spite of his attempts to keep the peace, his rule was marked by battles and wars. The first sign of the approaching crisis was provoked by the invasion of the barbarians from the North. The provinces of Moesia and Thrace were threatened and Marcus Aurelius had no choice but to build roads and strengthen some of the cities on the territory of present-day Bulgaria.

Marcus Aurelius and Philippopolis
Many of the fortresses in Moesia and Thrace had to be consolidated and reconstructed. In Philippopolis a new wall was built, almost parallel to the old one. It was 2.10 meters thick and covered an area of about 78 ha. Part of its ruins can be seen at the new Presentation Centre at the Stadium.

Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Capitoline Museums, Rome / V. Pandjarova