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 were Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus, and Commodus.
- Nerva (ruled 96 – 98 AD)
- Trajan (ruled 98 – 117 AD)
- Hadrian (ruled 117 – 138 AD)
- Empress Sabina, wife of Hadrian
- Antinous, favorite of Hadrian
- Antoninus Pius (ruled 138 – 161 AD)
- Empress Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius
- Marcus Aurelius (ruled 161 – 180 AD)
- Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of Marcus Aurelius
- Lucius Verus (ruled 161 – 169 AD)
- Commodus (ruled 177 – 192 AD)
- Empress Crispina, wife of Commodus
In the view of Dio Cassius, Commodus’ accession marked the descent “from a kingdom of gold to one of iron and rust” (Dio 72.36.4) – a famous comment which has led some historians, notably Edward Gibbon, to take Commodus’ reign as the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire.