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Bust of Vespasian

Vespasian: Emperor of Rome


Vespasian was born on November 17, 9 A.D. His full name was Titus Flavius Vespasianus. Vespasian was educated by his grandmother Tertulla. After time, he became involved in the military. It was here when he began to gain fame. Vespasian led a major attack on Judaea after they revolted against Rome in 66 A.D. Here he destroyed Jerusalem and Masada. This was a Roman Victory. Shortly after this, in 68 A.D., the current emperor, Nero, committed suicide. This left Rome in chaos and without a leader. A few men attempted to become the new emperor; however, they were unfit for the job. In 69 A.D., Vespasian led his legions into Rome and took power as the ruler of Rome.
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Roman Coins Depicting Vespasian as the Emperor


Unlike his predecessor, Vespasian was respected by the Roman citizens. Vespasian returned to Rome in 70 A.D. while Rome was at a period of distress and civil war. Vespasian was the perfect person to get Rome back on track. One of the things that made him this way happens to be one of the most amazing architectural feats of all time. This was the Coliseum. Vespasian planned that the Coliseum would be a place that all citizens would enjoy. A place to watch battles, races, and executions. Vespasian had this place built where the tyrannical emperor, Nero, had built a personal palace on public land just a few years earlier. Now, what was once private was public. This was an excellent idea, but one major issue wasn't solved. How would Rome be able to afford such an impressive and magnificent building? Conquest. Vespasian went into Judaea and began a series of campaigns in order to fun his amazing vision. Vespasian also built several other places. This included a new forum, the Temple of Claudius, and the Temple of Peace.



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Vespasian's Campaigns in Judaea


Unlike most of the other emperors to rule Rome, Vespasian died peacefully. Vespasian contracted a brief illness ad on June 23, 79 A.D., he passed away. On his death bed, Vespasian is famous for saying the last words, "Oh my, I must be turning into a god!" Unfortunately, Vespasian died one year before his ultimate creation, the Coliseum, was finished. He was never able to see the affect that it would have on the Romans.

All in all, Vespasian is definitely an emperor who deserves respects and definitely needs to be remembered. His solid leadership and military skills helped Rome in a desperate time of need. Vespasian was an amazing person and truly one of Rome's greatest emperors.

Donahue, John. "Titus Flavius Vespasianus." Roman-Emperors.org. September 22, 2004. Web. May 18, 2011.
"Vespasian." World Book Encyclopedia. Edition 20. 2010.