Skip to main content

Rome's zenith commemorated

  • N. James (a1)

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.

Hide All
Bennett, J. 2001. Trajan, optimus princeps (2nd edition). London: Routledge.
Curchin, L.A. 1991. Roman Spain: conquest and assimilation. London: Routledge.
Doyle, M.W. 1986. Empires. Ithaca (NY): Cornell University Press.
Hanson, W.S. & Haynes, I.P. (ed.). 2004. Roman Dacia: the making of a provincial society (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary series 56): 20–23, 160–62, 176. Portsmouth (RI): Journal of Roman Archaeology.
Vigliarolo, P., with Dal Monte, L. & Schettini, M.C. (ed.). 2017. Traiano: construire l'Impero, creare l'Europa. Rome: De Luca Editore d'Arte.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed