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Unformatted text preview: 1 Classics 220: Lecture Guide, Day 35 The Antonines 1.) The “Five Good Emperors” (a.k.a. the Antonines) A. Who were the “five good emperors?” Give their names and dates of rule. 1) Nerva- ruled feom 96-98 AD 2) Trajan- ruled from 98-117 AD 3) Hadrian- ruled from 117-138 AD 4) Antoninus- ruled from 138-161 AD 5) Marcus Aurelius- ruled from 161-180 AD B. Why were these emperors so “good?” Our literary sourced for these guys are positive about all of them They treated the senate with respect Their dynasty was based on adoption of the most suitable man… not heredity C. How did this group of emperors initially come to power? Nerva- elected to the throne by the senate He had conservative policies.. not making any drastic reforms He began the practice of adoption of the next emperor.. since he did not have a son to give off the throne too Trajan- won the title of Optimus Maximus (“Best and Greatest”) He had lots of public services for the people.. like free distribution of food.. rebuilding infrastructuresHe had lots of public services for the people....
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