The Roman Empire of the Second Century: Or, The Age of the Antonines

William Wolfe CAPES (1834 - 1914)

This short overview of the Roman Empire from AD 96-180 opens as the murderers of Domitian raise to power the wise old senator, Nerva. Ignoring assassination rumors, his successor, the brave soldier Trajan, "went about the streets almost unguarded" and was easy of access to all classes. He was followed by the brilliant, gay emperor, Hadrian, who "revised the imperial budget with the skill of a trained accountant." We meet the immortal Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who spent his life fighting barbarians along the Danube. The book closes with chapters on the religions of the empire, on the state's response to Christianity, and on imperial administration. (Summary by Pamela Nagami)

Genre(s): War & Military, Biography & Autobiography, Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch. 1: Nerva--A.D. 96-98 Pamela Nagami
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Play 02 Ch. 2: Trajan--A.D. 97-117, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 03 Ch. 2: Trajan--A.D. 97-117, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 04 Ch. 2: Trajan--A.D. 97-117, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 05 Ch. 2: Trajan--A.D. 97-117, Pt. 4 Pamela Nagami
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Play 06 Ch. 3: Hadrian--A.D. 117-138, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 07 Ch. 3: Hadrian--A.D. 117-138, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 08 Ch. 3: Hadrian--A.D. 117-138, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 09 Ch. 4: Antoninus Pius--A.D. 138-161 Pamela Nagami
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Play 10 Ch. 5: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus--A.D. 147-180, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 11 Ch. 5: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus--A.D. 147-180, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 12 Ch. 5: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus--A.D. 147-180, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 13 Ch. 5: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus--A.D. 147-180, Pt. 4 Pamela Nagami
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Play 14 Ch. 5: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus--A.D. 147-180, Pt. 5 Pamela Nagami
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Play 15 Ch. 6: The Attitude of the Imperial Government towards the Christians, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 16 Ch. 6: The Attitude of the Imperial Government towards the Christians, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 17 Ch. 7: The Characteristics of the State Religion, and of the Rites Imported from the East, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 18 Ch. 7: The Characteristics of the State Religion, and of the Rites Imported from the East, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 19 Ch. 8: The Literary Currents of the Age, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 20 Ch. 8: The Literary Currents of the Age, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 21 Ch. 8: The Literary Currents of the Age, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 22 Ch. 9: The Administrative Forms of the Imperial Government, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 23 Ch. 9: The Administrative Forms of the Imperial Government, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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