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XIII. The Five Good Emperors: Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius

A bust of Marcus Aurelius. Remembered as one of the most able, temperate and conscientious of Rome’s emperors, Marcus was also an accomplished Stoic philosopher.

 

For over twenty years, Hadrian ruled the Roman Empire with wisdom, diligence and a firm, steady hand. However, like Trajan before him, Hadrian had no sons of his own. By about 136 AD the emperor’s health was in decline, and so Roman politics turned yet again towards the question of the imperial succession.

 

At first the childless Hadrian had sought to follow Nerva’s example by adopting a son to Continue reading XIII. The Five Good Emperors: Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius