The Five Good Emperors - The Five Good Emperors 1 After the...

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The Five Good Emperors 1. After the time of Nero’s death, the Senate and the army played a more active role in the selection of the emperor. 2. Between 96 CE and 180 CE, the Romans handled the problem of succession by having each emperor select a younger colleague to train as a successor. 3. Nerva began a tradition of the present ruler finding and adopting the “best man” and making him successor. 4. Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius resulted in almost a century of stability. Nerva 1. On the death of Domitian the Senate elected 65 year old, Marcus Cocceius Nerva to be Emperor. 2. He ruled from 96-98 CE. 3. Nerva was older and feeble in health but a conservative and mild man. 4. He was the first of the 5 emperors. Nerva’s Successor 1. Nerve was not popular among the army, and his age and health had many demanding he find a successor. 2. Therefore he adopted the “best man” in his opinion. 3. This was different from previous emperors as they picked the best from their family line. 4. Nerve went outside of his own family and selected a popular general named Trajan. Trajan 1. Succeeded Nerva who died at 68 and ruled from 98-117 CE. 2. Trajan was born in Spain and would become the first Emperor of non Italian origin. 3. He had extensive military service and travelled throughout the Empire.
Trajan 1. He cooperated with the Senate.

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