The statue of Antoninus in Gortyna

Antoninus Pius was emperor of the Roman Empire when the Romans had occupied the island of Crete.  That is why you can see his statue on the archeological site of Gortyna.

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He never visited Crete but he was a very beloved emperor known for his peacefull way of ruling the whole Roman empire of that time without ever leaving Italy.  He ruled over the whole meditarenean area as also Great Britain.

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