A term describing a period beginning in the mid-1950s when superheroes made a successful comeback in comic books. Nearly everyone agrees that the Silver Age began with the publication of DC Comics' Showcase #4, which introduced the new and improved Flash. Other early milestones included the new and improved Green Lantern, the first appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown, the introduction of the Justice League of America, and the first appearance of the Fantastic Four. According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the Silver Age ended in 1969.

Also the age of Roman literature roughly spanning the years 0-100 AD.

During this time, Suetonius (69-135 AD) compiled his history books on the lives of the emperors, Tacitus (56-116) compiled his famous Histories and Pliny the Younger (61-114) published his letters. In the field of philosophy, Seneca (4BC - 65AD), a follower of the stoic doctrine, was foremost. Petronius wrote a satirical novel. Martial (40-104) was famous for his epigrams. Juvenal (55-128) wrote about slices of life.

Emperors of the Silver Age

Julio-Claudians: Tiberius to Nero

14-37 AD: Tiberius, Augustus' stepson. A good leader.

37-41: Caligula. Killed by the Praetorian Guard, which almost tells you everything you need to know about him.

41-54: Claudius. A scholar known for annexing Britain.

54-68: Nero. A megolomaniac remembered for fiddling around while his home burned. Or something.

69: 'Year of the Four Emperors'. Civil War

Flavians, 69-96

69-79: Vespasian. A capable administrator who brought about peace.

79-81: Titus. Destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem.

81-96: Domitian. During his reign there was literary silence. He was a tyrannical leader, but was assassinated. (Hooray!)

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