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On this day in AD 31 the Praetorian Prefect Sejanus was executed.

Sejanus rose to power and great influence as the prefect of the Praetorians, the imperial bodyguard, under the emperor Tiberius.

On this day in AD 54, the Roman emperor Claudius died at Rome

Tradition holds the Praetorian guard made him emperor when they found him quivering behind a curtain, reasoning that he wouldn’t be too ruthless in power.

On this day in AD 117, the Roman emperor Trajan died

Trajan was proverbially so well-liked that in the later empire, new emperors would be enjoined to “be more fortunate than Augustus and better than Trajan”.

On this day in AD217 the Roman emperor Caracalla was assassinated near the city of Carrhae

  Text by Mike Welbourn Image Mint Imperials¬† Caracalla was born in Lugdunum (modern-day Lyon in France) on 4 April, 188. His father was the emperor Septimius Severus, his mother was the empress Julia Domna. Caracalla’s birth name was Lucius Septimius Bassianus. In 193 his father declared himself emperor after the murder of Pertinax and …

On this day in AD 101 the Roman emperor Trajan set out from Rome against the Dacians

Text by Michael Wuk Since the final days of the Republic, the Dacians had been perceived as a potential threat by Rome, and consequently they had been the focus of a number of military campaigns. According to Suetonius, Julius Caesar planned to subdue the Getae, as the Dacians were also known, and Augustus sent out …

On this day in AD133 the emperor Didius Julianus was born

Julianus is an intriguing individual, and his journey to becoming emperor was a controversial one.

On this day in AD 30, the Roman emperor Nerva was born in Narnia.

That’s the the Italian town of Narnia, in Umbria, of course.

Happy Birthday Julius Caesar! Part II

The date is not absolutely certain, and the year is subject to slight question but… happy birthday from us, nonetheless!

Happy Birthday Julius Caesar! Part I

The date is not absolutely certain, and the year is subject to slight question but… happy birthday from us, nonetheless!

1899 years ago today: Trajan was awarded the title Parthicus

Emperor Trajan, or Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus, was born on September 18th AD 56 to Marcia and Marcus Ulpius Traianus, a prominent senator and general. Trajan acceded to the emperorship in AD 98, reigning until his death in AD 117. He fought in Germania and proved to be a gifted general under the reign of Nerva.