Marcus Cocceius Nerva, was a roman emperor who ruled from 96 to 98 A.D. He was born on November 8th in the year 30 A.D in Navia, Umbria. He was descended from a family of senatorial origins, having history with the previous emperors. Nerva’s great grandfather was consul during the year 36 B.C, and Governor of Asia in the same year. Nerva’s mother was the great granddaughter of Tiberius, therefore he had connections to the Julio- Claudian line.
Nerva did not seek to hold any military or public speaking career during his early life. “He was praetor-elect in the year 65 and, like his ancestors, moved in imperial circles as a skilled diplomat and strategist. ” Nerva’s was and advisor to emperor Nero, he successfully uncovered the Pisonian conspiracy of 65 against the emperor. As a result, Nero rewarded Nerva by giving him triumphal honors and the right of placing his statues all over the imperial place. After the year 71, he presumably worked as an advisor to emperor Vespasian (69–79) and his sons Titus (79–81) and Domitian (81–96).
Nerva was elected emperor by the senate upon the assassination of Domitian in 96 A.D. Despite he was emperor only for two years he did many accomplishments and improvements. Nerva disagreed with many of Domitian’s acts and decisions. He did not want to live in Domitian’s extravagant new palace and lived in a more modest settlement. Nerva also swore an oath declaring that he would not ever kill, or harm, any member of the Senate. The new emperor also released prisoners who were not guilty of any serious crimes.
Marcus Ulpius Traianus was born on September 18th in the year 56 AD in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica, in what is now the region of Andalusia in modern Spain. This was a province that was methodically Romanized and was called southern Hispania. Since Trajan was born in Spain, he was the first non Italian emperor to come into the office. It is very little known of Trajan’s mother but it is known that his father was...
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