15 Famous Roman Emperors Of Ancient Times

6. Emperor Antoninus Pius

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The next in the list of Roman Emperors is Antoninus. Known to be one of the five good Roman emperors, he ruled from the year 138 to 161, which is a total of 22 years. He was a great king and also a lover of art and architecture. A number of mausoleums, theaters, temples, etc were built during his reign. He also put a lot of emphasis on literature and culture. There are not many records of his military acts, in fact, he spent more of his time pushing education and philosophy. His reign was one of the most peaceful. He died at the age of 74 in the year 161 and was buried in Hadrian’s Mausoleum.

7. Emperor Diocletian

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This emperor too ruled for over 20 years, he ruled from the year 284 to 305. He was a very strong king and added to provincial as well as the military strength of the army. He successfully established the most bureaucratic government when it comes to the history of the Roman Empire. Though some of his plans were unsuccessful, he was a fairly popular king because he helped in stabilizing the empire economically. Some say he had a natural death, while others believe he committed suicide.

8. Constantine The Great

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As the name suggests he was one of the greatest emperors of Rome. His reign lasted for over 30 years, and he ruled from 306 to 337 AD. He worked very hard to strengthen the empire, and his tenure saw many military, financial, social and civil reforms. In order to combat inflation, he bought out a gold coin which was termed solidus. He went ahead to build the city Constantinople which he named after himself. He also plays a very significant role, when it comes to the history of Christianity in Rome.

9. Licinius I

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He ruled for around 16 years 308 to 324 AD. He was appointed as Augustus by Galerius. In the year 310, Licinius inflicted defeat on the Sarmatians which was one of the turning points leading him to become the emperor of Rome. His conflict with Constantine led to a civil war in Rome. After Constantine emerged victoriously he ordered for Lucinius’s execution in the year 325.

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10. Constantius II

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He was the successor of Constantine I, he was his third son and was one of his heirs to the throne. He was married thrice and had only one daughter. He paid special interest to spread Christianity in the Roman empire but was not extremely anti-pagan. A number of governmental forces were hostile towards him, but he successfully ruled the empire for more than 24 years. He died a natural death.