Titus Flavius Vespasianus (“Vespasian”) survived the civil wars of 68-69 AD as undisputed ruler of the Roman world. He had two sons: The elder (with the same name) is known to history as “Titus” succeeded his father and ruled for two years before his death in 81 AD. The younger brother, Titus Flavius Domitianus, then became emperor ruling until 96 AD.
Titus played a major role in the elevation and reign of his father. He had Vespasian’s complete faith and trust and was given all titles and honors except for “Augustus” while Vespasian was still alive. Domitian, however, was apparently seen as the black sheep of the family. His part in the reigns of his father and brother were relatively minor. Titus, in a comment on his deathbed that he had done only one thing wrong in his life, is sometimes interpreted as regretting not preventing Domitian’s succession. Fair interpretation of the reign of Domitian is difficult since he was much hated and maligned by all Senators including the historians Suetonius and Tacitus whose works are the major surviving records of the period.
Head of Domitian, laureate, right
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