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Historia Augusta

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The chosen gobbet is an extract from Historia Augusta or 'The Augustan history' and is a collection of the biographies of the roman Emperors during the period from 117 to 284. It was originally thought that the collection was written by a collection of several different writers which were known as the Scriptores Historia Augustae consisting of "Aelius Spartianus", "Iulius Capitolinus", "Vulcacius Gallicanus", "Aelius Lampridius", "Trebellius Pollio", and "Flavius Vopiscus" There is and was much debate as to who, when, why and legitimacy of the Historia Augusta. Isaac Casaubon produced the first translated edition in 1603 but it was Hermann Dessau in 1889 in his essay, "Über Zeit und Persönlichkeit der Scriptor Historiae Augustae" that suggested that the six scriptores were in fact an alias, and that the work was indeed written much later; he put forward evidence for this amongst which was that the life of Septimus Severus was copied from Aurelius Victor, that the life of Marcus Aurelius contained material from Eutropius. Studies of the works have revealed that there is a continuity of style and as a result today most of academia concludes that the author of Historia Augusta is a single person not a collective.

"During a happy period of more than fourscore years, the public administration was conducted by the virtue and abilities of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and the two Antonines. It is the design of this and of the two succeeding chapters to describe the prosperous condition of their empire, and afterwards, from the death of Marcus Antoninus, to deduce the most important circumstances of its decline and fall, a revolution which will ever be remembered and is still felt by the nations of the earth." This was the conclusion to the ...

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...The Roman Empire : Augustus to Hadrian. In The Roman Empire : Augustus to Hadrian (pp. 180-203). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wells, C. (1992). The Roman Empire. In C. Wells, The Roman Empire. London: Fontana Press.

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http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/aelius-hadrian.html.

Potter, D. (2009). Rome in the Ancient world From Romulus to Justinian. In D. Potter, Rome in the Ancient world From Romulus to Justinian (pp. 207-210). London: Thames and Hudson.

Sherk, E. a. (1994). The Roman Empire : Augustus to Hadrian. In The Roman Empire : Augustus to Hadrian (pp. 180-203). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wells, C. (1992). The Roman Empire. In C. Wells, The Roman Empire. London: Fontana Press.
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