Antoninus Pius

ANTONINUS PIUS 86 161. Roman emperor, reigned 138 161. Succeeded Hadrian, who had designated him his successor. He earned the title Pius for his defense of his predecessor's memory before the Senate.

His long reign, untroubled by wars, was marked by his goodness, wisdom and rectitude: he rebuilt destroyed cities and improved the condition of slaves.

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Antoninus Pius



Respectful of the official religion, he was tolerant of other cults: he promoted Eastern religions Magna Mater, and established that Christians should not be unjustly sought out. There were some instances of violence, however, e.g. the execution of Polycarp of Smyrna.

He died at age 75, after building a temple in the Forum to his wife Faustina. He was succeeded by his adoptive son Marcus Aurelius. L.

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