The Emperor Of The Flavian Dynasty

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Domitian was a Roman emperor from 81 to 96, and was the third and last emperor of the Flavian dynasty. Domitian 's early career was spent in the shadow of his brother Titus. This continued under the rule of his father Vespasian, who became emperor in 69 following the civil war, which is known as the Year of the Four Emperors. While Titus held many offices under the rule of his father, Domitian received honors but no responsibilities. When Vespasian died in 79 he was succeeded by Titus, whose own reign came to an unexpected end when he was struck by a fatal illness in 81. The following day Domitian was declared Emperor by the Praetorian Guard, beginning his reign that lasted fifteen years. As Emperor, Domitian strengthened the economy by revaluing the Roman coinage, expanded the border defenses of the Empire, and initiated a massive building program to restore the damaged city of Rome. Domitian 's government exhibited totalitarian characteristics; he saw himself as the new Augustus, who would guide the Roman Empire into a new era of brilliance. Religious, military, and cultural propaganda fostered a cult of personality. As a consequence, Domitian was popular with the people and army but considered a tyrant by members of the Roman Senate. According to Suetonius, he was the first Roman Emperor who had demanded to be addressed as dominus et deus (master and god). Domitian 's reign came to an end in 96 when court officials assassinated him. The same day, his advisor Nerva

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