The Antonines: The Roman Empire in Transition

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Psychology Press, 1994 - History - 210 pages
Magisterial account of how the lives of the emperors and the art, literature, architecture and overall social life under the Antonines represented an 'age of transition'. Required reading for anyone interested in ancient history.The Antonines - Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus and Commodus - played a crucial part in the development of the Roman empire, controlling its huge machine for half a century of its most testing period. Edward Gibbon observed that the epoch of the Antonines, the 2nd century A.D., was the happiest period the world had ever known.In this lucid, authoritative survey, Michael Grant re-examines Gibbon's statement, and gives his own magisterial account of how the lives of the emperors and the art, literature, architecture and overall social condition under the Antonines represented an 'age of transition'. The Antonines is essential reading for anyone who is interested in ancient history, as well as for all students and teachers of the subject.

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The distinguished, prolific classical historian (Constantine the Great, p. 681, etc.) here critically examines the reigns of the Roman Empire's three Antonine emperors (a.d. 138192). Eighteenth ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
ANTONINUS PIUS
9
MARCUS AURELIUS AND LUCIUS VERUS
24
MARCUS AURELIUS
39
MARCUS AURELIUS AND COMMODUS
60
ANTONINE SPEAKING AND WRITING
83
ANTONINE ARCHITECTURE AND ART
128
THE ANTONINE AGE
147
Index
199
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