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Rome's zenith commemorated

  • N. James (a1)
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Following four centuries of Roman expansion, the Emperor Trajan led the Empire to its greatest extent by annexing Dacia (Transylvania), north-western Arabia and Sinai and, briefly, all of Armenia and Mesopotamia. He bolstered imperial administration, reformed provincial government, clarified certain principles of justice and encouraged a system of welfare, the alimenta (Bennett 2001). Last year, 2017, was the nineteen-hundredth anniversary of Trajan's death. The occasion was marked in various ways across Europe, and the opportunity to reflect on Trajan's legacy was particularly poignant in view of the continent's present troubles.

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Bennett, J. 2001. Trajan, optimus princeps (2nd edition). London: Routledge.
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Vigliarolo, P., with Dal Monte, L. & Schettini, M.C. (ed.). 2017. Traiano: construire l'Impero, creare l'Europa. Rome: De Luca Editore d'Arte.
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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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