Lucius Verus Biography
Birthday: December 15, 130 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Rome, Italy
Lucius Verus was an emperor of the Roman Empire in the second century who, along with his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius, was the first co-emperor of Rome from 161 to 169. His father, Lucius Aelius Caesar, was the initial choice of Emperor Hadrian to succeed him to the throne, but following his untimely death, the emperor selected Antoninus Pius as his successor and instructed him to raise both the young future rulers as his own children. He was made quaestor at the age of 23 and became consul three times, including twice with his brother and co-emperor. He led the Roman campaign in the eastern frontier of the empire after war with Parthia broke out, and received titles such as Armeniacus, Parthicus, and Medicus after his generals successfully conquered Armenia, Parthia and Media. Known for his frivolous and extravagant lifestyle, he is, however, credited less for the outcome of the war. He briefly participated in the Marcomannic Wars and is thought to be a victim of the Antonine Plague.