His younger brother Domitian

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His younger brother Domitian (r. 81-96) succeeded him. The succession went off without a hitch,  and the army was loyal throughout. He was, though, clearly different from the other Flavians (the  dynasty name is take from one of Vespasianus' names). He had been kept in the background by  his father, and did not gain Titus' education or experience, and thus did not acquire the latter's  political savvy, especially as regards his attitude towards the Senate. Domitian was good at  administration and retained the favor of the army, but he was abrasive. He increased the heavy  reliance on the  equites  in imperial administration. Equestrians replaced freedmen as Principate  secretaries, gradually even moving into governor slots in senatorial provinces, at times even  leading legions. Both of the latter two were usually prerogatives of senators. Equestrians were  also added to the Emperor's council—a sort of law court in which senators could even find  themselves judged by the (assumedly) lower social status 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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