Lucius Aelius Caesar


Carole Raddato
published on 16 January 2014
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Lucius Aelius Caesar

Lucius Aelius was Hadrian’s first intended successor.
Aelius was the son of a powerful senatorial family. He served as consul in 136 CE and was officially adopted by Hadrian as his heir in 137 CE. However Aelius died before Hadrian on January 1st, 138 CE of tuberculosis. Hadrian was, therefore, forced to choose a new heir; Antoninus Pius.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2014, January 16). Lucius Aelius Caesar. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Raddato, Carole. "Lucius Aelius Caesar." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 16, 2014.

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Raddato, Carole. "Lucius Aelius Caesar." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 16 Jan 2014. Web. 07 Aug 2020.

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