Domitian

Reece Period attributed: Period 4

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Member of the The Flavians dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 81 until 96.

Titus Flavius Domitianus was born in AD 51 and spent a poverty-stricken youth in Rome. He laid low during the war with Vitellius and enjoyed an appointment as city praetor when his family emerged victorious. He planned an unnecessary expedition into Gaul to try to win popularity and honour on par with his brother Titus, and engaged in affairs with many women.

When Titus died, Domitian did little to honour his memory and instead turned to providing extravagant entertainment in the amphitheatre and Circus. He sought to improve public morals and took his duties of justice very seriously, but was also cruel and cunning towards rivals and enemies. His high-handed behaviour led his friends, freedmen, and wife to conspire for his murder, and he died at the hands of a servant in September of AD 96.

Suetonius describes Domitian as tall and well-made, with large weak eyes and a modest expression. He was very self-conscious of being bald.

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  • Preferred label: Domitian
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    • Predecessor: Titus
    • Successor: Nerva
    • Definition: Domitian (/dəˈmɪʃən, -iən/; Latin: Domitianus; 24 October 51 – 18 September 96) was Roman emperor from 81 to 96. He was the son of Vespasian and the younger brother of Titus, his two predecessors on the throne, and the last member of the Flavian dynasty. During his reign, the authoritarian nature of his rule put him at sharp odds with the Senate, whose powers he drastically curtailed. Domitian had a minor and largely ceremonial role during the reigns of his father and brother. After the death of his brother, Domitian was declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard. His 15-year reign was the longest since that of Tiberius. As emperor, Domitian strengthened the economy by revaluing the Roman coinage, expanded the border defenses of the empire, and initiated a massive building program to restore the damaged city of Rome. Significant wars were fought in Britain, where his general Agricola attempted to conquer Caledonia (Scotland), and in Dacia, where Domitian was unable to procure a decisive victory against King Decebalus. Domitian's government exhibited strong authoritarian characteristics. Religious, military, and cultural propaganda fostered a cult of personality, and by nominating himself perpetual censor, he sought to control public and private morals. As a consequence, Domitian was popular with the people and army, but considered a tyrant by members of the Roman Senate. Domitian's reign came to an end in 96 when he was assassinated by court officials. He was succeeded the same day by his advisor Nerva. After his death, Domitian's memory was condemned to oblivion by the Senate, while senatorial authors such as Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and Suetonius propagated the view of Domitian as a cruel and paranoid tyrant. Modern revisionists instead have characterized Domitian as a ruthless but efficient autocrat whose cultural, economic, and political programs provided the foundation of the peaceful second century.
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    • Birth place: Roman Italy, Rome, Roman Empire
    • Death place: Roman Italy, Rome
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      • List of early imperial Roman consuls
      • List of Roman emperors
    • Came After:
      • Titus IV
      • Titus Aurelius Fulvus (father of Antoninus Pius)
      • Manius Acilius Glabrio (consul 91)
      • Gaius Manlius Valens
      • Vespasian VI
      • Trajan
      • Lucius Flavius Silva Nonius Bassus
      • Gaius Antistius Vetus (consul 96)
      • Quintus Peducaeus Priscinus
      • Marcus Asinius Atratinus
      • Marcus Asinius Pollio Verrucosus
      • Sextus Pompeius Collega
    • Came before:
      • Titus Sextius Magius Lateranus (consul 94)
      • Titus Aurelius Fulvus (father of Antoninus Pius)
      • Lucius Nonius Calpurnius Torquatus Asprenas
      • Titus III
      • Manius Acilius Glabrio (consul 91)
      • Vespasian IX
      • Titus VII
      • Marcus Asinius Atratinus
      • Marcus Asinius Pollio Verrucosus
      • Lucius Flavius Silva Nonius Bassus
      • Trajan
      • Vespasian V
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