History, Facts and Information about Nerva
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Nerva and the all-powerful Caesars who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. The word "Caesar" was originally the name of the famous aristocratic patrician family of ancient Rome and became synonymous with the Roman Emperors. Refer to the comprehensive List of Roman Emperors for the names of the most famous Romans, their dynasties and the historic eras of all the Roman Emperors and usurpers. Read about the life of Nerva who can be described, or remembered, as:
"The first of the Five Good Emperors"
Short Biography about the life of Nerva
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Nerva, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.
- Name commonly known as: Nerva
- Latin Roman Name: Marcus Cocceius Nerva
- Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: September 18, 96 - 27 January 98
- Dynasty / Historical Period: Five Good Emperors & Nervan / Antonine Dynasty (96–192)
- Place and Date of Birth: Nerva was born on November 8, 30 in Narnia
- Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Nerva was Domitian
- Family connections / Genealogy
- Name of Father: Marcus Cocceius Nerva
- Name of Mother: Sergia Plautilla
- Place and Date of Death: Nerva died in Rome, January 27, A.D. 98
- Name of next Emperor: The successor to Nerva was Trajan
Interesting facts about the life of Nerva
Nerva was sixty-four years old when he was proclaimed emperor upon the death of Domitian. He was a native of the town of Narnia. The Praetorians, who had not been consulted in his election, never looked upon him with favor, and Nerva was obliged to act cautiously. Nerva stopped trials for high treason, pardoned political offenders, diminished taxes, recalled exiles in order to attain popularity. But the Praetorians became mutinous and Nerva, having no heirs, was forced to adopt a colleague in order to increase his own authority and rule. Nerva selected M. Ulpius Trajan, a distinguished general, who was in command of the army of Lower Germany. Nerva died of a fever at the Gardens of Sallust, Rome, January 27, A.D. 98.
Dynasties of Roman Emperors - Five Good Emperors & Nervan / Antonine Dynasty (96–192)
The Five Good Emperors and the Nervan / Antonine Dynasty (96–192). The Five Good Emperors were Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. The Five Good Emperors were so named by the political philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli who gave them this name in 1503 due to their good government and the respect given to them by the people of Rome. The Nervan and Antonine dynasty consisted of the "Five Good Emperors" (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius) together with Lucius Verus, who ruled jointly with Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus the son of Marcus Aurelius.
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Map of the Roman Empire c395AD illustrating the power of the Emperor