The Flavian Dynasty of the Roman Empire


Kelly Macquire
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published on 11 July 2023

The Flavian Emperors were a dynasty of Roman emperors who ruled from 69 to 96 CE. They consisted of three emperors: Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian.
- Vespasian (ruled 69-79 CE) was a skilled military commander who rose to power during the Year of the Four Emperors, a period of civil war following the death of Nero. He successfully established stability in Rome and is known for his efforts in rebuilding the city after the destructive Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD. Vespasian also initiated the construction of the Colosseum, which would become a symbol of Roman grandeur.
- Titus (ruled 79-81 CE) was the eldest son of Vespasian and served as his father's military commander during the Jewish War. He is best remembered for his efforts in quelling the Great Jewish Revolt, culminating in the siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Despite his short reign as emperor, Titus is praised for his benevolent rule, generosity, and for his efforts in disaster relief, particularly during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
- Domitian (ruled 81-96 CE) was the younger son of Vespasian and brother of Titus. He initially faced opposition and conspiracy plots during his reign, but eventually consolidated his power. Domitian was known for his authoritarian rule and was perceived as more tyrannical compared to his predecessors. He implemented strict control over the Roman aristocracy, expanded the imperial bureaucracy, and conducted military campaigns in the Danube region. However, his reign was also marked by construction projects, such as the restoration of the Temple of Jupiter and the completion of the Arch of Titus.

Overall, the Flavian Emperors played a crucial role in stabilizing Rome after a period of political unrest and military challenges, leaving a lasting impact on Roman politics, architecture, and governance.



0:00​ Introduction
0:58 From the Julio-Claudians to the Flavian Dynasty
2:10 The Emperor Vespasian
3:45 The Emperor Titus
4:43 The Emperor Domitian
6:30 Legacy of the Flavian Dynasty
7:40 Outro


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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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