Trajan

Nerva 96 – 98 A.D.

Nerva's career as emperor ended less than two years after his accession to the throne. Up to that point he had been a long-time central politician under the various emperors before him, particularly Domitian and Nero. However, he started off as emperor under a precarious relationship with the army which rightly suspected him of being involved in the conspiracy against Domitian. He made things right in their eyes by presenting them with an embarrassingly apologetic speech and appointing Trajan as his successor. Trajan was at the time an admired general engaging the Germanic tribes. He died in 98 following...

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Matidia c.68 – 119 A.D

Daughter of Marciana and mother of Sabina, Hadrian's wife. She is also the niece of Trajan.   AU Aureus RIC 759 (Trajan), BMC 659 (Trajan), Vagi 1334, C 9 Aureus Obv: MATIDIAAVGDIVAEMARCIANAEF - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: PIETASAVGVST - Pietas standing, facing, child on either side. $10,185 12/5/02. AR Denarius RIC 759 (Trajan), BMC 660 (Trajan), C 10 Denarius Obv: MATIDIAAVGDIVAEMARCIANAEF - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: PIETASAVGVSTI - Pietas standing left, child on either side. 112 (Rome). AR Denarius (Posthumous) RIC 751 (Trajan) Denarius Obv:...

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Marciana ? – 114 A.D

Sister of Trajan and mother of Matidia.   AU Aureus (Posthumous) RIC 743 (Trajan), BMC 648 (Trajan), C 3 Aureus Obv: Obv: DIVAAVGVSTAMARCIANA - Diademed , draped bust right. Rev: CONSECRATIO - Eagle standing left. 114-117 (Rome). $6,790 12/5/02. AR Denarius RIC 742 (Trajan), BMC 531 (Trajan), C 2 Denarius Obv: MARCIANAAVGSORORIMPTRAIANI - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: CAESAVGGERMADACCOSVIPP Exe: MATIDIAAVG - Matidia seated left, holding patera and resting hand on child's head; child to left. AR Denarius (Posthumous) RIC 743 (Trajan), C 4 Denarius Obv: DIVAAVGVSTAMARCIANA...

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Hadrian 117 – 138 A.D.

Hadrian was the cousin of Trajan with whom he had a rocky love-hate relationship. However, his relationship with Trajan turned out to be less consequential to his own rise to becoming emperor. It is widely thought that Trajan himself never actually selected Hadrian as his successor but his powerful aunt, who was very fond of Hadrian and took the role of surrogate mother, forged documents to the effect when Trajan was on his deathbed. Hadrian is remembered chiefly by his active role in the military, by the prolific building of all sorts of city and military improvements, by being a shrewd economic...

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