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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...
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Overview

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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Explores new developments in environmentally benign practices, processing, and materials for coating design to resist corrosion and/or wear. Most of the 28 papers are concerned with thin film materials and processing. Among the materials discussed are replacements for electrolytic chrome, organic coatings, diamond- like materials, nitrides, and carbides. Other topics include the need to define the limits of the environmental stability of some of the newer materials, a new hydrotalcite conversion coating for aluminum alloys, and a laser-based coating removal technique. Reproduced from typescripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gilbert Taylor
The prolific Grant, from whom last issued "Constantine the Great" , here summarizes the careers of three mid-second century emperors and the surviving works of a dozen contemporary writers. Coming after the active reigns of Trajan and Hadrian, who brought the Roman Empire to its greatest territorial extent and left walls and columns testifying to the apogee of expansion, the Antonines--Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus--projected a policy of stability. Militarily, this involved pulling back from the Euphrates frontier with the Parthians and fixing the Danube line against the German tribes. Socially, the conservative senatorial status quo continued, and Grant accords a similar lack of innovation in the arts (with the exception of sculpture) during the years of the three reigns, 138 to 192. Not uniformly bland, with its share of barbarian invasions and revolts of proconsuls, these years also harbored the earliest Christian apologists alongside defenders of Roman religion (including Marcus Aurelius himself, in his famous "Meditations"). Though not one of Grant's monumental works, this short study should still interest his legion of readers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415107549
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 248
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant
Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the cocreator and cowriter of the bestselling middle-grade science fiction series Animorphs and Everworld. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Antoninus Pius 9
2 Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus 24
3 Marcus Aurelius 39
4 Marcus Aurelius and Commodus 60
5 Commodus 64
6 Antonine Speaking and Writing 83
Latin 83
Greek 96
Christian 119
General 127
7 Antonine Architecture and Art 128
8 The Antonine Age 147
Chronological Table 163
Abbreviations 165
References 166
Notes 174
Some books about the Antonine period 190
Index 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    A Fascinating Era

    This book is a must for coin collectors and individuals who want to know more about these lesser known emperors. Very nice!

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