Legacy Of Vespasian Founder Of The Roman Flavian Dynasty

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Vespasian, Founder of the Flavian dynasty built the Colosseum in Rome (  rpbmedia/ Adobe Stock)

Legacy Of Vespasian Founder Of The Roman Flavian Dynasty

The death of Emperor Nero in 68 AD ended the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Roman Emperors. It also initiated a succession crisis which degenerated into a short but deadly civil war. This was the first such event to occur in the imperial period of the Roman Empire, a political regime inaugurated by Emperor Augustus in 27 BC. Nero’s inept reign had emptied the State’s coffers, triggered military mutinies and sparked major revolts within the Empire, the most significant being the Judean uprising in 66. The latter, which was one of the most serious protests against Roman rule, was only to be suppressed in 70.

The reigns of three Emperors of this violent year led to the establishment of the brief but important dynasty of Emperors, the Flavians, founded by Vespasian, which inherited the challenging responsibilities of quelling the revolts, managing the State bankruptcy, re-establishing control over the army and restoring general confidence in the imperial regime.

Nero kneeling at his murdered mother Agrippina by Antonio Rizzi (19th century) Museo Civico Ala Ponzone (Public Domain)

Nero kneeling at his murdered mother Agrippina by Antonio Rizzi (19th century) Museo Civico Ala Ponzone (Public Domain)


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