October 18, 2016
Sejanus rose to power and great influence as the prefect of the Praetorians, the imperial bodyguard, under the emperor Tiberius.
October 13, 2016
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.
August 8, 2016
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”.
June 26, 2016
Tiberius was very much Augustus’ reserve choice for the succession…
January 24, 2016
Mad, bad and dangerous to know?
December 3, 2015
We are told that it ended in insanity
November 20, 2015
Before becoming emperor, Diocles (for this seems to have been his birth name) had been a successful leader in the military field.
November 8, 2015
That’s the the Italian town of Narnia, in Umbria, of course.
August 31, 2015
Text by Annabel Rock-Clarke Image © Mint Imperials Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was born in Antium on the 31st August AD 12. He is more commonly known as Caligula. He was the son of the extremely popular general, Germanicus, a nephew of Augustus who was adopted by the emperor Tiberius but died young at age 34, …
July 25, 2015
His troops, rather than await a new leader to be appointed for them, hailed the emperor’s son Constantine as Augustus but it was not until 324 that he would gain control over the entire empire.