Favourite Emperor of the Antonine and Severan Periods

Who are your favourite emperors from the years AD 96-235 (up to two choices)?

  • Nerva

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • Trajan

    Votes: 5 21.7%
  • Hadrian

    Votes: 7 30.4%
  • Antoninus Pius

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • Marcus Aurelius

    Votes: 8 34.8%
  • Lucius Verus

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Commodus

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • Pertinax

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Didius Julianus

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • Septimius Severus

    Votes: 5 21.7%
  • Pescennius Niger

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Clodius Albinus

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Caracalla

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Geta

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Macrinus

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Elagabalus

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Severus Alexander

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    23

caldrail

Ad Honorem
Feb 2012
5,319
That's the problem. He hasn't suggested he's joking and some might think he was serious leading to mistakes in historical understanding. This is why we live in a world with some of the most ridiculous fake news and conspiracy theories. But then we also live in a world where one of the world's most powerful men is having a tantrum because no-one wants to pay for his pet project. I seem to remember Nero ran into a similar problem. His solution was inheritance and blackmail. One suspects he wasn't joking :D
 
Oct 2018
1,687
Sydney
That's the problem. He hasn't suggested he's joking and some might think he was serious leading to mistakes in historical understanding. This is why we live in a world with some of the most ridiculous fake news and conspiracy theories. But then we also live in a world where one of the world's most powerful men is having a tantrum because no-one wants to pay for his pet project. I seem to remember Nero ran into a similar problem. His solution was inheritance and blackmail. One suspects he wasn't joking :D
In any case, I think he fell squarely between two fighting hippos *joking*
 
Feb 2011
1,110
Scotland
You are absolutely correct and thank you, Diocletian! Its a fun topic, its a time for a little seasonal fun and nice to lighten up. :)

I dont claim to be an authority on Antinous, but there is quite a detailed article on him on Wikipedia throwing considerable uncertainty upon the actual mode of death- primarily quoting Lambert, Royston (1984). Beloved and God: The Story of Hadrian and Antinous. George Weidenfeld & Nicolson. I havent read it and dont particularly intend to (as it wasnt in any seasonal prezzies!) and the article suggests that Antinous is probably buried at Hadrian's villa at Tivoli. If his body is ever found it may just have a couple of crocodile teeth embedded in it...:)
 
Feb 2011
1,110
Scotland
That's the problem. He hasn't suggested he's joking and some might think he was serious leading to mistakes in historical understanding. This is why we live in a world with some of the most ridiculous fake news and conspiracy theories. But then we also live in a world where one of the world's most powerful men is having a tantrum because no-one wants to pay for his pet project. I seem to remember Nero ran into a similar problem. His solution was inheritance and blackmail. One suspects he wasn't joking :D
For heavens sake, please recognise a seasonal joke when its proferred, cut out the lectures and accusations and lighten up. This is the most ridiculous fuss over nothing!!!! Theres plenty of room for light hearted chat on here without misleading the world.
 

Theodoric

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
2,952
Yötebory Sveriya
I'll cast for Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Septimius seemed like a man who got things done. I have never been a fan of the Antonines because they reigned in what is arguably the most boring stretch of time in all Roman history. The most interesting part about it, IMO, was the Jewish struggle.

Caracalla was a madman. He also portrayed himself as evil. Plus he built one of the most interesting functional buildings of Roman History: The Baths of Caracalla, perhaps history's first indoor shopping mall.
 
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Oct 2018
1,687
Sydney
The injustice of Antoninus Augustus having zero votes has been corrected.
The results of these polls are quite predictable, but interesting nonetheless!
There are things I've found predictable, and other things less so. The popularity of Augustus and Vespasian in the other poll or the popularity of the Antonines at the expense of the Severans were certainly predictable results. But I was surprised by the low number of votes for Caligula and Nero in the other poll. I suppose for most users on this forum they would prefer to vote on the basis of the supposed competence of certain emperors (I say 'supposed' because I recognize that Caligula and Nero are treated roughly in the sources) than on other factors. In the case of this poll I enjoyed seeing the relative popularity of the 'five good emperors' in relation to one another, with Trajan, Hadrian and Marcus running a tight race.
 

Theodoric

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
2,952
Yötebory Sveriya
How exactly did he portray himself as being "evil" if I may ask? I imagine you are referring to the style of some of his sculptural portraits.
The Damnatio memoriae of his brother, whom he murdered or had murdered in cold blood prior to enforcing a reign of terror against anyone who viewed Geta positively. He even made calls for an assassin to kill his own mother. And yes, asking artisans to depict him with a villainous scowl also has something to do with it.
 

caldrail

Ad Honorem
Feb 2012
5,319
For heavens sake, please recognise a seasonal joke when its proferred, cut out the lectures and accusations and lighten up. This is the most ridiculous fuss over nothing!!!! Theres plenty of room for light hearted chat on here without misleading the world.
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Oh I see. We're supposed to be amused over your wit and nothing else. Okay. I can laugh at that reply. But you know, sometimes we like to say something which isn't necessarily connected with the joke you thought was all-important. Just a small point I guess. After all, the hunting of ostriches was thought to be extremely funny in the Roman arena.