History UsefulNotes / TheRomanEmpire

16th Aug '16 11:21:21 PM ifly6
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Famous for doing nothing at all besides ruling competently for 22 years.

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Famous for doing nothing at all besides ruling competently for 22 years. \n In fact, unlike Trajan and the other warrior-emperors that would follow him, Antonius Pius probably never left Italy on campaign and fought his wars entirely through intermediaries in the field. Rumour has it that he also received a delegation from the Han Dynasty in China during his reign. Also built a second wall in Britain (after some victories he managed) which was soon abandoned. He probably the cognomen Pius because he deified Hadrian and pardoned some Senators which Hadrian had sentenced to death.



Wisest of the emperors. Initially ruled the empire with Lucius Verus, the first time the Empire had more than one emperor. Tried to live up to the ideal of the philosopher-king, and the author of the well-known Meditations. A decent man and very competent ruler, though his reign was marked by wars and ThePlague, which killed him too.

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Wisest of the emperors. Initially ruled the empire with Lucius Verus, the first time the Empire had more than one emperor. Tried to live up to the ideal of the philosopher-king, and the author of the well-known Meditations. A decent man and very competent ruler, though his reign was marked by wars against various barbarians in Germania and ThePlague, which killed him too.
16th Aug '16 11:14:34 PM ifly6
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* DeadpanSnarker: His main trait. Vespasian is said to have dealed the snark even when he was sick and about to die. As he shat himself from diarrhea, he declared: ''"Oh, dammit I think I'm becoming a god."'' (Ut puto, deus fio.)

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* DeadpanSnarker: His main trait. Vespasian is said to have dealed the snark even when he was sick and about to die. As he shat himself from diarrhea, lay in his deathbed with knowledge that his successor would have the Senate deify him, he declared: ''"Oh, dammit I think I'm becoming a god."'' (Ut puto, deus fio.)
31st Jul '16 2:39:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''Nero Fox'' (the "Jive-Jumping Emperor of Ancient Rome"), a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] DCComics FunnyAnimal character who was emperor of ancient Rome.

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* ''Nero Fox'' (the "Jive-Jumping Emperor of Ancient Rome"), a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] DCComics Creator/DCComics FunnyAnimal character who was emperor of ancient Rome.
23rd Apr '16 5:26:55 PM jomar
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Widely considered to be the greatest Roman emperor since Augustus, his conquests increased the Roman Empire to its greatest extent.

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Widely considered to be the greatest Roman emperor since Augustus, his conquests increased the Roman Empire to its greatest extent. \n Trajan conquered Dacia, or modern Romania (Traian is still a common name there), northwestern Arabia, Armenia, and Mesopotamia. Born in the town of Italica, near modern Seville in Spain, he is considered to be the first non-Italian emperor, though he descended from an old Italian family that settled in Spain.



Harsh but fair emperor and very competent general. Machiavellian master of the XanatosGambit. Since he was a military man who depended only on the army for support, the Senate finally slid into total irrelevance during his reign.

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Harsh but fair emperor and very competent general. Machiavellian master of the XanatosGambit. Since he was a military man who depended only on the army for support, the Senate finally slid into total irrelevance during his reign. \n He hailed from Leptis Magna in North Africa and had Punic as his first language.



He died during a campaign to invade the Parthian Empire and almost all his plans were abandoned after his death. It's possible to compare him to the Egyptian Pharoah Akhenaten who also introduced a state sponsored religious cult, albeit Akhenaten was a monotheistic radical where Julian was a restorer of the Old Gods. He was [[LastOfHisKind the last non-Christian Emperor of Antiquity]], and his life and death is often invoked as the DeathOfTheOldGods, the point at which Hellenism and any attempts to prolong it became DeaderThanDisco.

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He died during a campaign to invade the Parthian Persian Empire and almost all his plans were abandoned after his death. It's possible to compare him to the Egyptian Pharoah Akhenaten who also introduced a state sponsored religious cult, albeit Akhenaten was a monotheistic radical where Julian was a restorer of the Old Gods. He was [[LastOfHisKind the last non-Christian Emperor of Antiquity]], and his life and death is often invoked as the DeathOfTheOldGods, the point at which Hellenism and any attempts to prolong it became DeaderThanDisco.



Emperor of the Western Empire. Another imperial idiot. Most notable moment of his reign was the Sack of Rome in 410. Reportedly [[BrotherSisterIncest lusted after his half-sister]].

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Emperor of the Western Empire. Another imperial idiot. Most notable moment of his reign was the Sack of Rome in 410. Reportedly 410, which he held some responsibility for, since he had his best general, Stilicho, put to death, along with the families of Gothic soldiers in Roman service. The Goths under Alaric revolted due to their mistreatment and sacked Rome for the first time since 390 BC. Honorius also reportedly [[BrotherSisterIncest lusted after his half-sister]].
24th Mar '16 12:12:08 AM JulianLapostat
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A peacemaker who pulled back from several areas conquered by Trajan. Traveled around the empire, and built the eponymous wall in Britain. Known for vehemently supporting Greek culture, almost to a bizarre degree.

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A peacemaker who pulled back from several areas conquered by Trajan. Traveled around the empire, and built the eponymous wall in Britain. Known for vehemently supporting Greek culture, almost to a bizarre degree. \n He is also remembered by Jews for being the Emperor who brutally crushed the Bar Kochba revolt, renaming Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina and generally making things harder for them. His reign was obscure with relatively few historical depictions. One exception is Marguerite Yourcenar's classic ''Memoirs of Hadrian''.
20th Mar '16 7:54:05 PM JulianLapostat
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Tried to turn back the clock and reinstate the traditional Roman pagan religion, but Christianity had become far too established by then. Began a number of large reforms, only for them to be abandoned after his death.

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Tried to turn back Julian was baptized a Christian but as a youth he became interested in Greek and Roman antiquities, philosophy and history. Eventually he abjured his Christian upbringing and identified as a pagan. Hence his famous title, [[TheRedBaron the clock Apostate]]. He was never exactly considered Emperor material in his youth, and his succession came as a surprise since he was known for being an eccentric youth, who started sporting beards (considered unfashionable among Roman elites). As an Emperor he rained for a short while but began a number of large reforms. Most notably, he compiled several state polices to reinstate the traditional Roman pagan religion, but Christianity had become far too established by then. Began a number of large reforms, only for including an attempt to make Hellenism into an organized Church compared to Christianity. He also made promises to the Jewish community in Antioch to resettle them in Jerusalem.

He died during a campaign
to be invade the Parthian Empire and almost all his plans were abandoned after his death.
death. It's possible to compare him to the Egyptian Pharoah Akhenaten who also introduced a state sponsored religious cult, albeit Akhenaten was a monotheistic radical where Julian was a restorer of the Old Gods. He was [[LastOfHisKind the last non-Christian Emperor of Antiquity]], and his life and death is often invoked as the DeathOfTheOldGods, the point at which Hellenism and any attempts to prolong it became DeaderThanDisco.

Despite his brief reign however, Julian is considerably popular as a HistoricalDomainCharacter and is probably the most well-represented of the Late Antiquity period. Creator/HenrikIbsen's ''Emperor and Galilean'' is one very famous and respected artistic depiction, while more recently, he became well known as a result of Creator/GoreVidal's ''Literature/{{Julian}}''.
20th Mar '16 12:05:03 PM alchixinren
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'''[[MostTriumphantExample The]]''' [[TheEmpire Empire]].[[note]][[PopculturalOsmosis At least if you're European.]][[/note]]
28th Feb '16 2:12:31 PM Menshevik
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* The current [[ComicBook/DieAbrafaxe Abrafaxe]] arc, which started with ''ComicBook/{{Mosaik}}'' No. 459, is set during the reign of Emperor Trajan. The Abrafaxe have to help bring two Germanic children (the son and the daughter of two chiefs who want to have good relations with Rome) from the Rhine to Rome. Which brought them to Carthage, where they found a statue of Bella (the Abrafaxe's distaff counterparts, Anna, Bella and Caramella had passed through the place in an adventure in 25 B.C., during the reign of Augustus).

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* The current A recent [[ComicBook/DieAbrafaxe Abrafaxe]] arc, which started with ran from ''ComicBook/{{Mosaik}}'' No. 459, 459 to 482, is set during the reign of Emperor Trajan. The Abrafaxe have to help bring two Germanic children (the son and the daughter of two chiefs who want to have good relations with Rome) from the Rhine to Rome. Which brought them to Carthage, where they found a statue of Bella (the Abrafaxe's distaff counterparts, Anna, Bella and Caramella had passed through the place in an adventure in 25 B.C., during the reign of Augustus).
17th Feb '16 5:09:01 PM karstovich2
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Claudius's grand-nephew and adopted son and the last descendant of Augustus' dynasty. Wrongly remembered as a fiddling Rome-burning lunatic, Nero was actually extremely popular during his lifetime. Was overthrown after a mutiny by the armies in Spain and Gaul. The first emperor who persecuted Christians, he was given a massive HistoricalVillainUpgrade within a generation of his death.

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Claudius's grand-nephew and adopted son and the last descendant of Augustus' dynasty. Wrongly remembered as a fiddling Rome-burning lunatic, Nero was actually extremely popular during his lifetime. That said, his interest in good governance--if not his competence--did leave something to be desired, and he was perhaps inordinately obsessed with the arts, particularly the theatre (which was considered to be low-grade work; hence his lack of popularity with Rome's elite even in his time). Was overthrown after a mutiny by the armies in Spain and Gaul. The first emperor who persecuted Christians, he was given a massive HistoricalVillainUpgrade within a generation of his death.
13th Feb '16 12:46:33 AM doorofnight
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* WordOfDante: That the modern, academic consensus on Claudius matching what Robert Grave depicted in IClaudius, particularly the whole idea of him ObfuscatingStupidity, is actually the result of a re-evaluation of the source material sparked by the popularity of Graves' novel and the subsequent mini-series.



Caligula's nephew and the last descendant of Augustus' dynasty. Wrongly remembered as a fiddling Rome-burning lunatic, Nero was actually extremely popular during his lifetime. Was overthrown after a mutiny by the armies in Spain and Gaul. The first emperor who persecuted Christians, he was given a massive HistoricalVillainUpgrade after his death.

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Caligula's nephew Claudius's grand-nephew and adopted son and the last descendant of Augustus' dynasty. Wrongly remembered as a fiddling Rome-burning lunatic, Nero was actually extremely popular during his lifetime. Was overthrown after a mutiny by the armies in Spain and Gaul. The first emperor who persecuted Christians, he was given a massive HistoricalVillainUpgrade after within a generation of his death.



* BodyguardBetrayal: Died in the Forum Romanum when he was chopped to shreds by his bodyguards and his NumberTwo.

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* BodyguardBetrayal: Died in the Forum Romanum when he was chopped to shreds by his bodyguards and his NumberTwo.bodyguards.



The second of the four. Once a close friend of Nero (and the ex-husband of Nero's wife), he was Galba's second-in-command until he killed the old man and took over.

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The second of the four. Once a close friend of Nero (and the ex-husband of Nero's wife), he was Galba's second-in-command until enthusiastically support Galba in hopes of being named his NumberTwo and successor. What Galba ended up choosing another he killed quickly orchestrated a coup with the old man Praetorian Guard and took over.
seized power.



The third (and worst) of the four. The governor of Germania, he launched his own rebellion against Galba and Otho. Was infamous for his gluttony and cruelty.

* AdiposeRex: The fattest Roman emperor in history.

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The third (and worst) most consistently reviled) of the four. The governor of Germania, he launched his own rebellion against Galba and Otho. Was infamous for his gluttony and cruelty.

cruelty but initiated several popular and long lasting reforms and had a good administrative track record before the Civil War.

* AdiposeRex: The fattest Roman emperor in history.Is described as this by Suetonius.



* HumiliationConga: Subjected to one by Vespasian, before he was publicly tortured to death.



An old childless Senator who was made emperor by the Senate but was unpopular with the army. Was the first of the "Five Good Emperors."

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An old childless Senator who was made emperor by the Senate but was unpopular with the army. Avoided Galba's mistake and adopted Trajan, the most successful and popular general of the time, as his successor. Was the first of the "Five Good Emperors."



The son of Marcus Aurelius. Started the empire's long decline by being a spendthrift and useless ruler. May have gone slightly mad before the end, renaming Rome to [[{{Egopolis}} "Colony of Commodus"]] and pretending he was Hercules reborn.

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The son of Marcus Aurelius. Started the empire's long decline by being a spendthrift and useless ruler. May have gone slightly mad before the end, renaming Rome to [[{{Egopolis}} "Colony of Commodus"]] and pretending he was Hercules reborn.
reborn. He did like to fight in the Colosseum, but unlike his fictional portrayal he was murdered by a slave in his bath after ruling for 12 years.
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