Nerva: The First Good Emperor of Rome

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On the 8 of November, [A.D. 35], I was born into this glorious world (Henderson 169). My noble family raised me in fairest Narnia in Umbria (Birley 30). Although I was born into a Senatorial family, I pursued neither a military career nor a public speaking one (Wend). From as far back as my ancestors can be traced, somehow they have always been involved in the political realm (Birley 30). My dearest great-grandfather, M. Cocceius Nerva, was consul [36 B.C.]; his grandfather, a man with the same name, was a fine jurist who accompanied Tiberius to Capri in [26 A.D.] (Wend). I was a son of a Roman lawyer in an aristocratic family (Woolf 364). On my maternal side, my darling mother’s Aunt Rubellia Bassa, was the great-granddaughter of…show more content…
When I took office, I made sure to put the interests of the Romans and Italy above anything else (Dudley 172). I allowed no gold or silver statues to be made of myself (Wend). I made laws which prohibited the castration of any man and any man to marry his own niece (Birley 34). I wanted not only the senators to breathe freely again, I wanted Rome as well not have to suffer under Domitian’s reign of terror (Henderson 173). If I wanted the people of Rome to honor my rulings and for our great state to flourish, I needed to show not only my colleges, but the people of Rome deference as well (Dudley 172). I set free all who were on trial for treason and recalled those exiled during Domitian’s rule (Birley 32). Those who were not found guilty of serious crimes were welcomed back in to Rome (Wend). Citizens were no longer allowed to accuse anyone of treason (Birley 32). Although I was keen on keeping a balanced budget, I tried to give the Romans ample opportunities to succeed (Wend). I implemented numerous reforms for the sake of bettering the lives of the Roman people (Woolf 364). Especially the people of the lower classes were positively affected by these reforms (Mills 391). Room for municipal expenditures allowed Rome to receive social programs (Wend). I exempted poorer families from paying a five percent inheritance tax (Wend). I also granted these very poor Romans allotments of land worth sixty million sesterces
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