THE MIDDLE EMPIRE

Antonine Emperors

Nerva (96-98)

Trajan (98-117) Hadrian (117-138)             Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian

Antoninus Pius (138-161)

Marcus Aurelius (161-180)

Major Trends

Centrality of Emperor

Growing Bureacratization Center (Rome) vs. Periphery (Provinces) After the Antonines

Assassination of Commodus (192) -> period of turmoil

Severan Dynasty (193-235)

"Third Century Crisis" (235-284) Reforms of Diocletian (284-305)