History for the Rest of Us

Trajan

Trajan

Sep 19, 2012

On September 18, 53 AD, Marcus Ulpius Traianus was born at Italica near Seville. He would become the Emperor Trajan, the first roman emperor of non-Italian origin. His father had both a distinguished military career and civil career, commanding the Tenth Legion during the Jewish War in 67 and 68 AD, and serving as consul around 70 AD. Trajan followed in the...

Charlemagne

Charlemagne

Sep 7, 2012

KING FROM 768-814 A.D. Pepin (King of the Franks) had two sons, Charles and Carloman. After the death of their father they ruled together, but in a few years Carloman died, and Charles became sole king. Charles was the most famous of the kings of the Franks. He did so many great and wonderful things that he is called Charlemagne which means Charles the Great....

Justinian the Great

Justinian the Great

Sep 6, 2012

EMPEROR FROM 527-565 A.D. In the time of Clovis the country now called Bulgaria was inhabited by Goths. One day a poor shepherd boy, about sixteen years of age, left his mountain home in that country to go to the city of Constantinople, which was many miles away. The boy had no money to pay the expenses of the journey, but he was determined to go, even though...

Didius Julianus

Didius Julianus

Jun 1, 2012

Marcus Didius Severus Julianus was born January 30, 133 AD. He was raised in the household of Domitia Lucilla, the mother of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. His accession was one of the most scandalous public events in Roman history. Throne for Sale After the murder of the Emperor Pertinax, the praetorian guard stationed heralds on the walls announcing that the...

Nerva

Nerva

May 27, 2012

Background Born November 8, 35 AD in Narni (50 miles north of Rome) Nerva’s ascension marked the end of the Flavian dynasty in Rome. He did not seek power, but had it thrust on him when the conspirators who where planning Domitian’s assassination asked him to accept the role of successor. He wasn’t the first they had asked, but the others...