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As Italy commemorates the anniversary of the death of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, in 14 AD, we continue our series investigating life in ancient Rome. Our first article described the Romans' diet; our second article looked at how the ancient Romans tied the knot. In our third article in the series we look at politics and power: the Roman Empire was ruled over by some great men - here are five of the greatest emperors.

Founded in 27 BC, the Roman Empire went on to become one of the greatest empires in history. At its height, c. 117 AD, the Roman Empire was the largest social and political structure in western civilisation: it comprised almost 57 million people and covered more than 1 million square miles throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. The rulers of the State were known as emperors rather than kings, given that they were leaders of a republic. However, as the years passed by, in practice, imperial succession was often hereditary. Some emperors such as Nero and Caligula are remembered as insane despots. Yet the empire survived thanks to actions of its many wise leaders, who won the loyalty and respect of their subjects, the military and the Senate.

Here are some of Rome’s best.

Augustus: Reigned 27 BC - 14 AD

Augustus was an honorary title conferred on the first Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, the great nephew of Julius Caesar. Succeeding emperors assumed the title “Augustus”, meaning “lofty” or “serene”, at the Senate’s request. After his great uncle was assassinated, Augustus swore to avenge him. In 31 BC, he defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium and became Rome’s undisputed leader. Emperor Augustus helped expand the Roman Empire’s territory and defend Rome from the so-called “barbarians”. He also introduced a programme of reconstruction. Augustus was a patron of the arts, social reformer, strong military leader and author. He wrote an autobiography that, sadly, has been lost. When Augustus died, he left a prosperous and financially stable empire.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

Trajan: Reigned 98 AD – 117 AD

Of Spanish birth, Trajan was the first Roman not born in Italy to become emperor. He had an illustrious military career before becoming ruler. He conquered Dacia (modern Romania), making it a Roman province, and a large part of the Parthian Empire (modern Iran). During Trajan’s reign, the Roman Empire reached its maximum size in terms of territory. Trade and commerce between the empire and its northern and eastern neighbours flourished, and the empire prospered. Trajan was an active social reformer and enthusiastic public builder. He introduced an extensive building programme that reshaped Rome with landmarks like Trajan’s Forum and Trajan’s Column. His work did not go unnoticed: the Senate declared Trajan the official optimus princeps (best ruler).

Hadrian: Reigned 117 AD – 138 AD

Known for building Hadrian’s Wall that marked the northern limit of Roman Britain, Emperor Hadrian travelled throughout the Roman Empire, building palaces, libraries, temples and baths as he went. A lover of architecture, he was the man behind some of the Empire’s most iconic buildings, including the Pantheon in Rome and Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

Antoninus Pius: Reigned 138 AD – 161 AD

Antoninus Pius was Emperor Hadrian’s adopted son. He oversaw the Roman Empire through its most peaceful period without any major conflict. When crises occurred, he managed to resolve matters without leaving Italy, choosing to opt for diplomacy. He instituted radical legal reforms, among them the idea that accused persons are not to be treated as guilty before trial.

Marcus Aurelius: Reigned 161 AD – 180 AD

One of Antoninus Pius’ adopted sons, Marcus Aurelius first ruled as emperor with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus until his death in 169 AD. Marcus Aurelius was a great soldier and personally led the campaigns against the Germanic tribes, leading Rome to victory. He was also a renowned Stoic philosopher, writing the ‘Meditations’ while on a military campaign against the Germans. He was highly regarded in his lifetime as a great thinker and for his devotion to duty.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf


I happen to enjoy Roman history myself. Hadrian was perhaps the most elegant of the emperors, I've seen both Hadrian's Villa and the Pantheon on a trip to Italy six years ago. And then I do have some morbid fascination of some of Rome's more tyrannical rulers like Nero and Caligula. The later was probably the craziest of any ancient leader, right up their with Vlad Tepes as histories most bloodthirsty as well. You wonder why such evil people where able to become leaders of an entire empire back in the day.




I bet it was great feeling and knowing that you're standing on the very ground that was once most powerful Roman Empire.. knowing famous people leave their footstep behind on the ground in the history of time.

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No, I've just taken years of Latin and have enjoyed learning these things.

That's really not how any of this works. Firstly, he didn't have absolute power - as I said, he was basically just permitted to be consul indefinitely, but also free of legal consequences to his official actions. He couldn't have gotten away with some of the things emperors did. Secondly, the manner of power is very important to what word you use. Otherwise, why not say that Stalin was a king or that Queen Elizabeth a dictator?


Stalin was a king, he ruled until he died of old age mate, that's how much power and influence he wielded they might as well put a crown on his head. And Queen Elizabeth the first is pretty much one of the few people who could honestly say they ruled the world. Why you are so hung up on quantifying absolute power I don't know. Julius Caesar is bar none one of the greatest rulers to ever command the legions and people of Rome...well until the you to Brutus part anyway. The Senate may have been the official seat of power mate but it wasn't it's commands or rules the people of Rome followed in Julius Caesar's time. They bowed to the cult of personality that was Caesar until his death and betrayal.


Words are important and you are using them in the wrong way. If you insist on using these words interchangeably because they are similar, why not start saying that you drove your tank to your indentured servitude in order to make money so you can pay rent on your cottage?
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Words are important and you are using them in the wrong way. If you insist on using these words interchangeably because they are similar, why not start saying that you drove your tank to your indentured servitude in order to make money so you can pay rent on your cottage?


You're obviously not a soldier mate are you. Actions and the picture they paint mean more than all the words in every language on the planet. And I question anyone who thinks otherwise.
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Words are important and you are using them in the wrong way. If you insist on using these words interchangeably because they are similar, why not start saying that you drove your tank to your indentured servitude in order to make money so you can pay rent on your cottage?


You're obviously not a soldier mate are you. Actions and the picture they paint mean more than all the words in every language on the planet. And I question anyone who thinks otherwise.


Words shape our very minds. Do you know much about humans that have been found to have no language? Those people are very different than what you would traditionally consider human. Language is extremely important to who we are, and it is absurd to try to sweep it aside as unimportant or inconsequential.
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Words are important and you are using them in the wrong way. If you insist on using these words interchangeably because they are similar, why not start saying that you drove your tank to your indentured servitude in order to make money so you can pay rent on your cottage?


You're obviously not a soldier mate are you. Actions and the picture they paint mean more than all the words in every language on the planet. And I question anyone who thinks otherwise.


Words shape our very minds. Do you know much about humans that have been found to have no language? Those people are very different than what you would traditionally consider human. Language is extremely important to who we are, and it is absurd to try to sweep it aside as unimportant or inconsequential.



-clap his Hands- Well said.. That why we must bring Ancient Rome back! They were Superior Civilization! No wonder Marcus Octavius wanted to re-create his New Rome everywhere! Like he said in the anime.. The world will know the true peace of Rome!
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Words shape our very minds. Do you know much about humans that have been found to have no language? Those people are very different than what you would traditionally consider human. Language is extremely important to who we are, and it is absurd to try to sweep it aside as unimportant or inconsequential.



-clap his Hands- Well said.. That why we must bring Ancient Rome back! They were Superior Civilization! No wonder Marcus Octavius wanted to re-create his New Rome everywhere! Like he said in the anime.. The world will know the true peace of Rome!


Many governments have been shaped after Rome since that time... Really, almost every major power has tried to emulate it in some way, with some even directly linking themselves to it. I would dare say that Rome lies beneath the surface of modern countries. You might like Nova Roma, the restorative society of Rome. Mainly, it is a lot of history and Latin nerds.

http://www.novaroma.org/
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Schmooples wrote:

Words shape our very minds. Do you know much about humans that have been found to have no language? Those people are very different than what you would traditionally consider human. Language is extremely important to who we are, and it is absurd to try to sweep it aside as unimportant or inconsequential.



-clap his Hands- Well said.. That why we must bring Ancient Rome back! They were Superior Civilization! No wonder Marcus Octavius wanted to re-create his New Rome everywhere! Like he said in the anime.. The world will know the true peace of Rome!


Many governments have been shaped after Rome since that time... Really, almost every major power has tried to emulate it in some way, with some even directly linking themselves to it. I would dare say that Rome lies beneath the surface of modern countries. You might like Nova Roma, the restorative society of Rome. Mainly, it is a lot of history and Latin nerds.

http://www.novaroma.org/


Nice, but kinda of weird seeing this picture XD



I would think Marcus Octavius from Anime, would prefer statue of him! :p



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And yet, Rome and all those tried to emulate Egypt... If anything should be brought back it's the Ancient Egyptian way of doing things. Gods and all.
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Many governments have been shaped after Rome since that time... Really, almost every major power has tried to emulate it in some way, with some even directly linking themselves to it. I would dare say that Rome lies beneath the surface of modern countries. You might like Nova Roma, the restorative society of Rome. Mainly, it is a lot of history and Latin nerds.

http://www.novaroma.org/


Nice, but kinda of weird seeing this picture XD



I would think Marcus Octavius from Anime, would prefer statue of him! :p



Well, that is a relating to Romulus and Remus - mythical founders of Rome. Their mother was a Vestal Virgin, but was impregnated by Mars - otherwise known as Ares - and the twins were therefore abandoned. They were taken in and nursed by a wolf.
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here is a quiz for you, without googling

can you name 5 roman emperors? k thanks
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As Italy commemorates the anniversary of the death of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, in 14 AD, we continue our series investigating life in ancient Rome. Our first article described the Romans' diet; our second article looked at how the ancient Romans tied the knot. In our third article in the series we look at politics and power: the Roman Empire was ruled over by some great men - here are five of the greatest emperors.

Founded in 27 BC, the Roman Empire went on to become one of the greatest empires in history. At its height, c. 117 AD, the Roman Empire was the largest social and political structure in western civilisation: it comprised almost 57 million people and covered more than 1 million square miles throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. The rulers of the State were known as emperors rather than kings, given that they were leaders of a republic. However, as the years passed by, in practice, imperial succession was often hereditary. Some emperors such as Nero and Caligula are remembered as insane despots. Yet the empire survived thanks to actions of its many wise leaders, who won the loyalty and respect of their subjects, the military and the Senate.

Here are some of Rome’s best.

Augustus: Reigned 27 BC - 14 AD

Augustus was an honorary title conferred on the first Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, the great nephew of Julius Caesar. Succeeding emperors assumed the title “Augustus”, meaning “lofty” or “serene”, at the Senate’s request. After his great uncle was assassinated, Augustus swore to avenge him. In 31 BC, he defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium and became Rome’s undisputed leader. Emperor Augustus helped expand the Roman Empire’s territory and defend Rome from the so-called “barbarians”. He also introduced a programme of reconstruction. Augustus was a patron of the arts, social reformer, strong military leader and author. He wrote an autobiography that, sadly, has been lost. When Augustus died, he left a prosperous and financially stable empire.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

Trajan: Reigned 98 AD – 117 AD

Of Spanish birth, Trajan was the first Roman not born in Italy to become emperor. He had an illustrious military career before becoming ruler. He conquered Dacia (modern Romania), making it a Roman province, and a large part of the Parthian Empire (modern Iran). During Trajan’s reign, the Roman Empire reached its maximum size in terms of territory. Trade and commerce between the empire and its northern and eastern neighbours flourished, and the empire prospered. Trajan was an active social reformer and enthusiastic public builder. He introduced an extensive building programme that reshaped Rome with landmarks like Trajan’s Forum and Trajan’s Column. His work did not go unnoticed: the Senate declared Trajan the official optimus princeps (best ruler).

Hadrian: Reigned 117 AD – 138 AD

Known for building Hadrian’s Wall that marked the northern limit of Roman Britain, Emperor Hadrian travelled throughout the Roman Empire, building palaces, libraries, temples and baths as he went. A lover of architecture, he was the man behind some of the Empire’s most iconic buildings, including the Pantheon in Rome and Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

Antoninus Pius: Reigned 138 AD – 161 AD

Antoninus Pius was Emperor Hadrian’s adopted son. He oversaw the Roman Empire through its most peaceful period without any major conflict. When crises occurred, he managed to resolve matters without leaving Italy, choosing to opt for diplomacy. He instituted radical legal reforms, among them the idea that accused persons are not to be treated as guilty before trial.

Marcus Aurelius: Reigned 161 AD – 180 AD

One of Antoninus Pius’ adopted sons, Marcus Aurelius first ruled as emperor with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus until his death in 169 AD. Marcus Aurelius was a great soldier and personally led the campaigns against the Germanic tribes, leading Rome to victory. He was also a renowned Stoic philosopher, writing the ‘Meditations’ while on a military campaign against the Germans. He was highly regarded in his lifetime as a great thinker and for his devotion to duty.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

I figure you would like this.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-hiker-finds-rare-2000-year-old-gold-coin/2016/03/14/853ed07a-e9d4-11e5-a9ce-681055c7a05f_story.html


Israeli hiker finds rare, 2,000-year-old gold coin

The coin, from the year A.D. 107, bears the image of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire. It was minted as part of a series of coins honoring Roman rulers.

Antiquities Authority official Donald T. Ariel said the coin may have paid part of the salary of a Roman soldier.






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JanusCascade wrote:

As Italy commemorates the anniversary of the death of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, in 14 AD, we continue our series investigating life in ancient Rome. Our first article described the Romans' diet; our second article looked at how the ancient Romans tied the knot. In our third article in the series we look at politics and power: the Roman Empire was ruled over by some great men - here are five of the greatest emperors.

Founded in 27 BC, the Roman Empire went on to become one of the greatest empires in history. At its height, c. 117 AD, the Roman Empire was the largest social and political structure in western civilisation: it comprised almost 57 million people and covered more than 1 million square miles throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. The rulers of the State were known as emperors rather than kings, given that they were leaders of a republic. However, as the years passed by, in practice, imperial succession was often hereditary. Some emperors such as Nero and Caligula are remembered as insane despots. Yet the empire survived thanks to actions of its many wise leaders, who won the loyalty and respect of their subjects, the military and the Senate.

Here are some of Rome’s best.

Augustus: Reigned 27 BC - 14 AD

Augustus was an honorary title conferred on the first Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, the great nephew of Julius Caesar. Succeeding emperors assumed the title “Augustus”, meaning “lofty” or “serene”, at the Senate’s request. After his great uncle was assassinated, Augustus swore to avenge him. In 31 BC, he defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium and became Rome’s undisputed leader. Emperor Augustus helped expand the Roman Empire’s territory and defend Rome from the so-called “barbarians”. He also introduced a programme of reconstruction. Augustus was a patron of the arts, social reformer, strong military leader and author. He wrote an autobiography that, sadly, has been lost. When Augustus died, he left a prosperous and financially stable empire.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

Trajan: Reigned 98 AD – 117 AD

Of Spanish birth, Trajan was the first Roman not born in Italy to become emperor. He had an illustrious military career before becoming ruler. He conquered Dacia (modern Romania), making it a Roman province, and a large part of the Parthian Empire (modern Iran). During Trajan’s reign, the Roman Empire reached its maximum size in terms of territory. Trade and commerce between the empire and its northern and eastern neighbours flourished, and the empire prospered. Trajan was an active social reformer and enthusiastic public builder. He introduced an extensive building programme that reshaped Rome with landmarks like Trajan’s Forum and Trajan’s Column. His work did not go unnoticed: the Senate declared Trajan the official optimus princeps (best ruler).

Hadrian: Reigned 117 AD – 138 AD

Known for building Hadrian’s Wall that marked the northern limit of Roman Britain, Emperor Hadrian travelled throughout the Roman Empire, building palaces, libraries, temples and baths as he went. A lover of architecture, he was the man behind some of the Empire’s most iconic buildings, including the Pantheon in Rome and Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

Antoninus Pius: Reigned 138 AD – 161 AD

Antoninus Pius was Emperor Hadrian’s adopted son. He oversaw the Roman Empire through its most peaceful period without any major conflict. When crises occurred, he managed to resolve matters without leaving Italy, choosing to opt for diplomacy. He instituted radical legal reforms, among them the idea that accused persons are not to be treated as guilty before trial.

Marcus Aurelius: Reigned 161 AD – 180 AD

One of Antoninus Pius’ adopted sons, Marcus Aurelius first ruled as emperor with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus until his death in 169 AD. Marcus Aurelius was a great soldier and personally led the campaigns against the Germanic tribes, leading Rome to victory. He was also a renowned Stoic philosopher, writing the ‘Meditations’ while on a military campaign against the Germans. He was highly regarded in his lifetime as a great thinker and for his devotion to duty.
- See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/romans-top-5-emperors#sthash.FW8nwoE5.dpuf

I figure you would like this.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-hiker-finds-rare-2000-year-old-gold-coin/2016/03/14/853ed07a-e9d4-11e5-a9ce-681055c7a05f_story.html




The coin, from the year A.D. 107, bears the image of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire. It was minted as part of a series of coins honoring Roman rulers.

Antiquities Authority official Donald T. Ariel said the coin may have paid part of the salary of a Roman soldier.







I just read that :). I would love to keep the coin, of course my Mother probably ending up cashing it in haha.
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Nero was best emperor. Playing a violin as he burned half of Rome down for his new palace takes a certain insanity to do.
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Nero is obviously the best, for obvious reasons:


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