The Five Good Emperors — Rome

The Five Good Emperors are so named because they ended the period of asperity under the reign of Diocletian. These five emperors were Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. They were part of the Nerva – Antonine dynasty (96 – 192 A.D.), which consisted of seven monarchs. The last ruler of this dynasty was Commodus, the son of Marcus Aurelius. One of the traditions of these benevolent emperors was to adopt a man as their heir and son. This custom started with Nerva. Continue reading