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The Changing Popularity and Reputations of Roman Emperors in

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The Changing Popularity and Reputations of Roman Emperors in Ancient Rome

 

Today, the Emperor Claudius is thought to be one of the better, more effective emperors. He certainly is now held in higher esteem than the psychopaths Caligula and Commodus. Perhaps, however, this viewpoint was not always shared in Ancient Rome.

 

Here is an article about an interesting collection of coins by Trajan Decius (ruled AD 249-251) commemorating his most worthy predecessors. This article makes me reconsider the various emperors

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Changing the official record of previous Caesars in this way is something of a Roman habit. One would have to suspect that in many cases it had little to do with personal preferences but rather courting popularity of majorities whose opinions favour such views. Of course, when dealing with individuals so powerful, there's also the potential for "you will praise these former Caesars from now on. Because I said so. Any problems with that, gentlemen?"

 

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Interesting article, Guy.

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