Episode 31 – Trajan

In this episode, the principate of Trajan is presented in swathes of very Pliny-coloured praise.

His rule is significant for the definitive transformation of the Roman principate from a dynastic system after the disaster left behind by Domitian to what eventually will be referred to as ‘the adoptive emperor’ period.

So who is this Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus character? And why does he appear to be so popular?

The Doctors are here with their take on the rule of the man with the most impressive bust (literally – check out the iconography of his chest in the depictions below):



Bust of Trajan (53–117 AD), emperor. This bust is currently held at the Louvre Museum, Paris. Image: © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons


Bust of Trajan (reign 98–117 CE), with the Civic Crown, a sword belt and the aegis. Currently held at the Glyptothek, Munich. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


Drs R and G laugh and spar their way through the ancient Roman world!

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