The Nerva-Antonines in Copenhagen

The NY Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen has a spectacular imperial Roman sculpture gallery. Their collection of portraits of the members of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty is particularly impressive.

The Nerva–Antonine dynasty was a dynasty of seven Roman Emperors who ruled from 96 AD to 192 AD. These Emperors are Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus, and Commodus.

  • Nerva (ruled 96 – 98 A.D.)
  • Trajan (ruled 98 – 117 A.D.)
  • Hadrian (ruled 117 – 138 A.D.)
  • Empress Sabina, wife of Hadrian
  • Antinous, favorite of Hadrian
  • Antoninus Pius (ruled 138 – 161 A.D.)
Antoninus Pius, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen © Carole Raddato

Antoninus Pius, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
© Carole Raddato

  • Empress Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius
The Empress Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius, c. AD 140, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

The Empress Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius, c. AD 140, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
© Carole Raddato

  • Marcus Aurelius (ruled 161 – 180 A.D.)
Marcus Aurelius, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen © Carole Raddato

Marcus Aurelius, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
© Carole Raddato

  • Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of Marcus Aurelius
  • Lucius Verus (ruled 161 – 169 A.D.)
  • Commodus (ruled 177 – 192 A.D.)
  • Empress Crispina, wife of Commodus
The Empress Crispina, wife of Commodus, c. AD 180, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

The Empress Crispina, wife of Commodus, c. AD 180, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
© Carole Raddato

In the view of Dio Cassius, Commodus’ accession marked the descent “from a kingdom of gold to one of iron and rust” (Dio Cassius 72.36.4) – a famous comment which has led some historians, notably Edward Gibbon, to take Commodus’s reign as the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire.

Many more portraits of the Nerva-Antonines can be viewed from my image collection on Flickr.

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3 Responses to The Nerva-Antonines in Copenhagen

  1. ritaroberts says:

    Excellent Carole ! So useful for Students.

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