The Early Emperors

Period Overview

Titus Flavius Domitianius Augustus Domitian Bust

Emperor Domitian

Life: 51 – 96 A.D. Early Life of Domitian Titus Flavius Domitianius was the younger son of Vespasian and Flavia Domitilla, born in AD 51 in Rome. He was the younger …

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Emperor Titus

Life: AD 40 – 81 Early Life of Titus Titus, the elder son of emperor Vespasian, was born in AD 39. He was educated together with Claudius’ son Britannicus, who became …

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Emperor Vespasian

Life: AD 9 – 79 Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus was born in AD 9 at Reate, north of Rome. His father Flavius Sabinus was a tax collector and held equestrian …

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Emperor Vitellius

Life: AD 15 – 69 Name: Aulus Vitellius Born on 24 September AD 15. Consul AD 48. Became emperor in AD 69. Married (1) Petronia (one son; Patronianus); (2) Galeria …

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Emperor Otho

Life: AD 32 – 69 Name: Marcus Salvius Otho Born on 28 April AD 32. Governor of Lusitania AD 58-68. Became emperor on 15 January AD 69. Married Poppaea Sabina, …

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Emperor Galba

Life: 3 BC – AD 69 Name: Servius Sulpicius Galba Born on 24 December 3 BC near Tarracina. Governor of Hispania Tarraconensis AD 61-68. Become emperor in AD 68. Married …

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Emperor Nero

Life: AD 15 – 68 Nero Early Life Nero was born at Antium (Anzio) on 15 December AD 37 and was first named Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. He was the son …

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Emperor Claudius

Life: 10 BC-AD 54 Early Life of Claudius Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus was born in Lugdunum (Lyon) in 10 BC as the youngest son of Nero Drusus (Tiberius’ brother) …

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Emperor Caligula

Life: AD 12 – 41 Introduction: The Enigmatic Emperor Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus was the third son of Germanicus (nephew of Tiberius) and Agrippina the elder and was born …

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Emperor Tiberius

Life: 42 BC-AD 37 Tiberius’s Early Life Tiberius was born in 42 BC, the son of the aristocratic Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla. When he was two, his father …

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Emperor Augustus

Life: 63 BC – 14 AD Augustus’s Character and Appearance The future emperor Augustus was born into an equestrian family as Gaius Octavius in Rome on 23 September 63 BC. …

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The Early Roman Emperors

Period: 23 BC – AD 96 Gaius Julius Octavius – “Augustus” Reign: 27 BC – AD 14 After the civil wars which brought Augustus to power, on the winning side …

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