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XII. The Five Good Emperors: Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian

Domitian Wearing Laurel Crown
A bust of Domitian. The assassination of this paranoid emperor in September 96 AD was followed by the accession of Nerva, the first of the Five Good Emperors.

 

On 18 September, 96 AD the Year of the Four Emperors threatened to repeat itself when the Emperor Domitian was murdered in his palace. A son of the much-beloved Vespasian, Domitian had ruled as Roman Emperor for 15 years after the deaths of his father and older brother. Domitian was popular with the Roman army but hated by most Roman senators for refusing to pay lip service to the Senate’s admittedly limited role in imperial politics. This didn’t seem to bother the emperor; Domitian was an autocrat, and apparently he saw no reason why he shouldn’t behave like one.

 

However, as the years went by Domitian, much like Nero, became increasingly Continue reading XII. The Five Good Emperors: Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian