Senate historians blackened Domitian

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Senate historians blackened Domitian's name and devoted little attention to his period. Thus, we  know little of his actions. He was an autocrat, and had some grandiose eccentricities, such as  trying to name a month after him. He did, however, accomplish some reasonable things. First, he  attempted to bolster the frontier. He took the Agri Decumantes along the Danube, which  shortened the line of the frontier. Second, Domitian was active near the Danube. The northern  bank was increasingly congested with Barbarians. There were three main groups. On the middle  and upper Danube were the Marcomanni and Quadi, while downstream were the Sarmatians,  hedged by the Roxolani of the western Ukraine. Wedged between these groups were the Dacians,  of Transylvania. They were the most advanced of the Barbarians, with a kingdom ruled by  Decebalus. A strong warrior, he was able to lead large forces by example. In 85, he invaded 
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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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