The Five Good Emperors and Lebanon

The Roman rulers commonly known as the “Five good emperors” were NervaTrajanHadrianAntoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius. The term Five Good Emperors was coined by the political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli in 1503:

From the study of this history we may also learn how a good government is to be established; for while all the emperors who succeeded to the throne by birth, except Titus, were bad, all were good who succeeded by adoption; as in the case of the five from Nerva to Marcus. But so soon as the empire fell once more to the heirs by birth, its ruin recommenced. — 

Machiavelli, Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livy, Book I, Chapter 10.

This tells us a lot about Lebanon and its government.

yours, will 
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