The Early Emperors

Period Overview

Patron Augustus—Client Rome

by Sondra Steinbrenner When Augustus assumed his role as Princeps, or First Citizen, he wanted the Roman world to treat him as a father or patron, and he brought this about …

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Emperor Domitian

Life: 51 – 96 A.D. Name: Titus Flavius Domitianius Augustus Born on 24 October AD 51 in Rome Younger son of Vespasian and Flavia Domitilla. Became emperor in 14 September …

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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 …

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Emperor Vespasian

Life: AD 9 – 79 Name: Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus Born 17 November AD 9 at Reate. Served in Thrace, Crete, Cyrene, Germany, Britain and Africa. Military commander in Palestine …

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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 Name: Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus Born on 1 August 10 BC at Lugdunum, Gaul Son of Nero Claudius Drusus (38-9 BC), brother of …

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Emperor Caligula

Life: AD 12 – 41 Name: Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Born in AD 12 Son of Germanicus Caesar (15 BC-AD 19), nephew of Tiberius, and Agrippina (14 BC-AD 33), granddaughter …

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Emperor Tiberius

Life: 42 BC – AD 37 Name: Tiberius Claudius Nero Born on 16 November 42 BC Son of Tiberius Claudius Nero (d. 33 BC) and Livia Drusilla (c.58 BC – …

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Emperor Augustus

Life: 63 BC – AD 14 The future emperor Augustus was born into an equestrian family as Gaius Octavius at Rome on 23 September 63 BC. His father, Gaius Octavius, …

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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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