The Antonines: Roman Empire in Transition (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Antonines In this text, Michael Grant examines the crucial part played by the Antonines in the development of the Roman Empire, ruling, as they did, for half a century.
- Published: 01 December 1994
- Format: Hardback 248 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415107549 ISBN 10: 0415107547
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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.