Marcus Ulpius Tranianus, also known as Trajan, was born in Spain, in 53 AD. His father was a senator, and eventually became the governor of Syria. Trajan was a powerful and crucial military commander. He expanded the Roman Empire by conquering many nations and constructing many architectual wonders.Trajan and his army won the Battle of Pathia, which took place in what is Iraq today.
A statue of Marcus Ulpius Tranianus

Trajan also constructed new cities, engineered bridges and harbors. Trajan introduced a program to support children in Italian cities, and made sure they had food and clothing. Trajan became senator and survived in the military post in Spain, Syria, and Germany. In 97 AD, Emperor Nerva adopts Trajan as his hier and successor. In 98 AD Nerva dies and Trajan is declaired emperor. He became the first emperor to come from provincial family.
During 105 to106 AD, Trajan's Dacia Wars began and they were between the Roman Empire and Dacia. He maintained power in Germany and he moved to the east with thousands of legionnaries and auxiliaries.
Part of the Trajan Column

He built a bridge over the River Danube so that they can go across the mountains and stormed the Dacian capital. After his win at Dacian, Trajan had the Trajan Column momument built in his honor. The Column has drawings of soilders fighting in the war. His column is well preserved, and is still standing, at 100 feet tall, in Rome today. To celebrate their victory, Trajan organized 123 days of games. Also, he built a new forum including two libraries, over 150 shops, and offices. In 107 AD, he began to construct the final site of the Forum and it was 300 feet long and 240 feet wide. He built the first ever shopping mall in Rome and it ranged over several levels, containing over 150 outlets that sold everything from foods to luxury skills and spices.
First ever shopping mall in Rome that was built by Trajan

In 116 AD, there were rebellions in Persia and Jews throughout the empire rose in revolt. In Trajan's time, when the road was rebuilt, engineers cut away the side of the mountain close to the sea so that the road could pass at sea level. Trajan began the second part of the Appia, which carried the road two hundred miles farther on to Brindisi. At the end of the 366 miles of road in Brindisi, he placed two large columns facing the harbor and the sea.

In early August of 117 AD, Emperor Trajan died. It is said that his ashes were put in his column, but they are yetto be found. It is also beilived that thieves stoll his ashes and threw them in the ocean at sunset.

Either way Trajan definatly left his mark on Roman history with all his defeats and wins and b
uilding he made that still stand today. Trajans name will always be remebered.


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