Why was Marcus Aurelius loved by the people?

So Marcus was clearly a great man. His stoicism and worldview allowed him to succeed where other would have failed. He loved his people, and lived a life serving them. Still this is overshadowed by the wars, plauges and barbarian invasions during his reign. Now i imagine plenty of people did or should have found the person in power, the emperor at fault. Still the people at the time and after him loved him. Why?

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What do you think?

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