Nerva

Nerva

18 September 96 – 27 January 98
PredecessorDomitian
SuccessorTraianus
Born8 November 30, Narni, Italy
Died27 January 98 (aged 67), Gardens of Sallust, Rome
Spouse 
ChildrenTraianus (adoptive)
FatherMarcus Cocceius Nerva
MotherSergia Plautilla

His Story

Born in Umbria in 32 AD, the 64-year-old statesman, who was already Consul under Vespasianus, was unanimously proclaimed emperor by the Senate. As a lawyer and of liberal disposition, he immediately began to repeal Domitian’s laws of terror, to reform the economy and education, and to restore peace and order to the state.
 
He upheld religious freedom, lowered taxes and donated funds for the poor. His gate, wisdom and fearlessness quickly popularized him among the people, but not among the military, who disapproved of his peace policy.
 
When he became sickly, he enforced the adoption of the Spaniard Trajanus, governor of Germania, and appointed him, although he himself had many relatives, as his successor.
He died at the age of 66 after only 6 months of reign, a man Eutropius said was the most capable civilian ever to become emperor.

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