Antoninus Pius Biography
Birthday: September 19, 86 (Virgo)
Born In: Lanuvium, Italy
Antoninus Pius was the Roman emperor from 138 to 161. He is regarded as one of the ‘five good emperors’ in the Nerva-Antonine dynasty and the Aurelii, who guided the empire through a period of internal peace and prosperity. Pius was born in a senatorial family. The emperor Hadrian had adopted him as a son, and during his reign, Antoninus held various offices. He had governed the province of Asia and had also served as an advisor to the emperor. Impressed by his military and administrative skills, Hadrian specified that Antoninus Pius would be his successor. Upon ascending the throne, he became known for maintaining the peaceful state of the empire, with no major revolts or military incursions during his rule. During his rule, Italy was embellished with fine buildings, and many cities were rebuilt after being destroyed in natural disasters. He helped expand free access to drinking water throughout his empire. The Wall of Antoninus was built in Britain during his reign. Upon his death, he left behind his successors a large surplus in the treasury. His reign is believed to have been a peaceful one as there are no records of any military campaigns that he participated in.