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Roman Emperor Trajan

Profession: Roman Emperor

Roman Empire

Biography: Roman emperor from 98 AD until his death. Officially declared by the Senate as optimus princeps ("the best ruler"), he is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death.

Also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world.

Born: September 18, 53
Birthplace: Italica, Ancient Hispania
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: August 9, 117 (aged 63)

Historical Events

  • 0098-01-27 Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva.

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