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Ancient History ACE 2012 Day 1 Notes Ancient Egypt & Middle East

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Egypt: Rise of Egypt due in part to climate change in the Sahara, pushed more people into the
Nile Valley
- Old Kingdom (2686-2181 BC) Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 BC) New Kingdom (1550 BC-1069 BC)
-Pyramids include an early step pyramid built for king Djoser at Saqqara designed by the architect
Imhotep and those for
Khufu (his is the Great Pyramid, the one that is the only Wonder of the World left standing) Khafre,
and Menkaure at Giza
- Middle Kingdom ends with the Hyksos (Asiatic Shepherds) dominating the Second Intermediate
Period
- Hatshepsut is a successful female pharaoh, reigned early 15 th c. BC, depicted wearing a beard in
art.
-Capital at Thebes, until monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten changes it to Amarna (aka Akhetaten).
Akhenatens wife was Nefertiti, a famous bust of her is in Berlin. Akhenaten replaces worship of
Amun with Aton (sun disk)
-Tutankhamun, boy pharaoh whose tomb was discovered by Howard Carter and George Herbert
(Lord Carnarvon). Son of Akhenaten, who reverses his fathers religious reforms. Amun is once
again chief god.
-Ramses II (aka Ozymandias name of poem by Percy Shelley) reigns 1279-1213. Son of Seti I, he
builds city of Pi-Ramesses as his new capital. Celebrated 14 sed festivals, campaigned in Syria,
fought Hittites under Muwatali II at Kadesh, which led to worlds first known treaty
-Late New Kingdom Egypt disrupted by mysterious sea peoples who raided from the
Mediterranean
Egyptian capitals include Memphis, later Thebes (modern day Luxor) farther to the South, also
Amarna & Pi-Ramesses
Sumerians: Built ziggurats (temples), Cities of Eridu, Uruk (led by Gilgamesh), Ur (led by Shulgi in
the Third Dynasty of Ur during Sumerian Renaissance c. 2100 BC), epic of Gilgamesh is the first
major work of world literature > prefigures aspects of the story of the flood in the Bible. Developed
cuneiform as the worlds first written script. Cuneiform means wedge-shaped, due to the stylus
used for clay tablets, cf. Lat. cuneus > wedge.
-First major Mesopotamian Civilization > meso-pota-mia (Greek for land between the rivers, i.e.
the Tigris and Euphrates)
Elamites: Lived to the east of Sumer in present day Iran, defeated by Hammurabi, supplanted by
Medes and Persians.
Akkad (2334-2154 BC): Sargon the Great reigns for over 50 years, conquers Sumer in the Battle of
Uruk
-Their language becomes diplomatic lingua franca of the Middle East, displacing Sumerian
Babylonians: Most famous for Hammurabi, their leader who developed a code of laws, defeated
Elamites and Eshnunna en route to founding a short-lived empire that stretched throughout
Mesopotamia
(Neo) Assyrians (934-609 BC): Spoke Aramaic, Semitic language of Jesus. Had capital first at
Assur, later & more famously at Nineveh. Reforms of Tiglath-Pileser II led to prominence.
Sennacherib campaigns throughout fertile crescent. The Destruction of Sennacherib is a poem
by Byron. Ashurbanipal (669-627), dominates Persia, but his death led to decline

Neo-Babylonians (626 -539): led most famously by Nebuchadnezzar II, constructed the Hanging
Gardens, destroyed first temple at Jerusalem, brought Jews to Babylon in the Babylonian Captivity
until Cyrus the Great let them go back.
Hittites (flourished 2nd Millenium BC): Bronze/Iron Age people of Anatolia, worshipped Teshub,
capital at Hattusas. Other Anatolian people include the Lydians (first civilization to use coins) c. 7 th
century BC and the Celtic-speaking Galatians.
Phoenicians : Lived in present day Lebanon; source of the alphabet
-Traders who ranged throughout the Mediterranean, famous for purple dye derived from snails &
cedars
-Founded the city of Carthage, later antagonist of Rome and home of Dido
-Noted for cities of Sidon, Tyre (conquered by Alexander), & Byblos (famous for writing, source of
bibliography, Bible)
Canaan > Phillistines, Israel and Judah Canaan originally refers to the entirety of the area of
Israel, Palestine, and S. Lebanon in the Bronze Age. Philistines are one of the Sea Peoples, after
their defeat by Ramses III, Canaan splits into Philistine and Phoenician spheres of influence
The most famous kings of Israel are in order Saul, David, and Solomon. Saul is anointed king by
Samuel, David establishes capital at Jerusalem and establishes kingdom from Mediterranean to
Euphrates. First temple is constructed under Solomon. Solomon is succeeded by Rehoboam, under
whom United Israel splits into kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Assyrians later dominate region, then
neo-Babylonians force Jews to leave to Babylon, finally Persia under Cyrus the Great conquers
Babylon and lets Jews return. During Hellenistic era, Jews revolt under Judas Maccabeus.
Medes and Zoroastrianism
-First major civilization in modern-day Iran. Capital at Ecbatana, ally with the Babylonians to
capture Nineveh in 612 BC, conquered in turn by Cyrus in 550, kings included Cyaxares (625-585)
and Astyages (589-549).
-Follow Zoroastrian religion (Zoroaster is the Greek name for the Persian prophet Zarathustra, cf.
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche, which is also the name of a work of music by Richard
Strauss). Holy book is the Zend Avesta, most important portions are the Gathas (hymns). Ahura
Mazda (good force) v. Angra Mainyu (bad force, also known as Ahriman). Priests are known as
Magi. Zoroastrians now live mostly in and near Mumbai, in India where they are known as Parsis.
Achaemenid Persian Rulers (named after Achaemenes first ruler of the dynasty from 705-675 BC)
-Cyrus the Great (Cyrus II): First Achaemenid ruler of a united Persia, lets Jews go back from
Babylon, ending Babylonian Captivity, vast territorial expansion, reigned 559-530 BC, popular ruler
who respected customs, capital first at Pasargadae, later at Persepolis (also the name of a recent
Persian animated film)
-Cambyses II: Son of Cyrus the Great, adds Egypt, Nubia and Cyrenaica (E. Libya) to empire.
Empire features Royal Road from Sardis (in Western Anatolia) to Susa (in Persia) and a very
effective postal service.
-Darius I (the Great): reigned 522-486 BC, authors Behistun Inscription (autobiographical),
conquers Ionian Greeks by 510, who revolt with Athens support, leads to the invasion of Greece
(490 BC), defeat at Marathon by Greeks under Miltiades
-Xerxes I (the Great): reigned 485-465 BC, invades Greece via the Hellespont (whips the water
according to Herodotus when bridge collapses), leads the 10,000 Immortals (so called because
they are always replaced), wins tough victory against Leonidas and the 300 Spartans at
Thermopylae (name means Gates of Heat), but lose within a few weeks to the Greek fleet led by

Themistocles at Salamis. In 479, Greeks under Pausanias win Battle of Plataea, defeating
Mardonius (general of Xerxes). Xerxes was murdered in 465 by Artabanus.
-Darius III Opposed Alexander the Great, lost the Battles of Issus and Gaugamela, killed by
Bessus in 330 BC.
Parthians (aka Arsacids) and Sassanids
-Parthians established native Persian control of present-day Iran after several generations of rule
by the successors of Alexander in 247 BC. They would reign until 224 AD and were also known as
the Arsacids.
-Crassus in the first Roman Triumvirate would die fighting Parthians in 53 BC at the Battle of
Carrhae
-During the Roman Empire, the cult of Mithras (a Persian deity) would become popular among
Roman soldiers
-Sassanids would succeed Parthians and would be last pre-Islamic dynasty, ruling until 7 th c. AD.
Seven Wonders of the World Organized in a list by Antipater of Sidon and Philon of Byzantium
-Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Created by Phidias c. 432; he also sculpted a statue of Athena for the
Parthenon
-Lighthouse at Alexandria. Also known as the Pharos; stood from 3 rd c. BC to roughly 14th c. AD
-Colossus of Rhodes. Erected by Chares of Lindos but toppled within a century by an earthquake
-Hanging Gardens of Babylon (see above)
-Great Pyramid at Giza (see above)
-Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Located on the present day Aegean coast of Turkey.
-Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Also on the present-day Aegean coast, farther south. Was the tomb
of King Mausolus.
Indo European Languages -Relationships deduced by William Jones who founded the Asiatic
Society in the 18th c.
-PIE* = Proto Indo-European, language likely spoken in Ukraine/S. Russia c. 4000 BC, from which
other branches evolved
-Includes Slavic, Germanic, Celtic, Greek, Armenian, Anatolian, Indo-Iranian, Baltic, Italic,
Tocharian, & Illyrian branches

ACE Camp 2012 Ancient History, Day 2 Notes: Ancient Greece


1. Minoan Civilization on Crete (named for mythical King Minos, 1st European
civilization, lasted c. 2700-1400 BC)
-Declines precipitously, due to volcanic eruption of Thera (aka Santorini), and especially a
Mycenaean invasion
-Palace at Knossos, excavated by Arthur Evans, contains labyrinth (tunnel maze) home to
the Minotaur in myth
-Minoan civilization depicted in Mary Renaults historical fiction classic book The King Must
Die
-Used Linear A script (undeciphered) and eventually Linear B (early form of Greek)
deciphered by Michael Ventris
2. Mycenae Civilization on Mainland Greece
-Mycenae was a citadel on the Peloponnesus (the peninsula of S. mainland Greece) famous
for its lion gate
-Mythically led by Agamemnon in the Trojan War; Mycenae flourished c. 1600-1100 BC
during Bronze Age
3. Greek Dark Ages and Archaic Greece
-Mycenaean Greece declines due to foreign invasion, breakdown of political order c. 1100,
around the dawn of the Iron Age. About 800 BC, Greece enters Archaic Age with gradual
economic and cultural development. Sculpture of this time features the idealized kouros (i.e.
youth) with archaic smile but rigid features.

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-During Archaic Greece, Greek colonists found Masilia (modern Marseilles) and Nikopolis
(modern Nice)
Sparta (Peloponnesian city-state in Southern Greece)
-Constitution laid down by Lycurgus, led by kings and officials known as Ephors, youths
are educated in barracks known as Agoge (pr. uh-GO-gay). Once a year, Spartans declare
war on slaves known as helots who outnumber Spartan citizens; Spartas militaristic
character is a function of citizens needing to control helots.
Athens (chief city of Attica, a region in the central part of mainland Greece)
-Lawgiver was Solon, who lived in the Archaic age (early 6 th c. BC), his reforms laid the
foundation for democracy
-Had 10 elected generals (known as strategoi), an assembly, also a council known as the
Boule, marketplace known as the agora, its port is Piraeus, connected to it by the long
walls which allows Athens to have access to the sea while still being difficult to attack by
land. Foreigners in Athens and other cities are known as metics
-Athens had the most powerful fleet and became the leading state of an alliance known as
the Delian League
-Under Pericles, leader of Athens during the Golden Age (c. 480-430 BC), the treasury of
the Delian League is moved from the island of Delos to Athens. Athens ambitions begin to
arouse suspicion, ultimately leading to Peloponnesian War. Aspasia of Miletus is a hetara
(i.e. a cultured prostitute, like a geisha) & mistress of Pericles
Greek Philosophers and Scientists
-Thales of Miletus 6th c. BC, early pre-Socratic philosopher, thought everything originated
from water
-Anaximenes pre-Socratic philosopher, thought everything originated from air
-Pythagoras pre-Socratic philosopher famous for emphasis on math incl. Pythagorean
Theorem, born on Samos
-Heraclitus thought that everything originated from fire and that everything is in constant
flux
-Democritus speculated that everything could be reduced to atoms, progenitor of atomic
theory
-Socrates, taught Plato, wife was Xanthippe, opposed to Sophists, accused of corrupting the
youth of Athens, died after drinking poison hemlock in 399 BC. Death of Socrates is a
famous work by the French artist Jaques-Louis David
-Plato wrote dialogues, including Phaedo, Crito, Apology, Symposium; wrote The Republic
(groundbreaking work of political theory), famous for its Allegory of the Cave. Taught
Aristotle, founded the Academy (1st institute of higher learning), believed in ideal (aka
Platonic) forms, and that we are unable to fully grasp reality as it truly is
-Aristotle wrote Nicomachean Ethics, Physics, Politics, Metaphysics, Rhetoric, Poetics, On
the Soul, Organon, taught Alexander the Great, founded the Peripatetic School of philosophy
which met at a school called the Lyceum
-Zeno of Citium founder of the Stoic school of philosophy
-Diogenes of Sinope cynic philosopher, wandered around Athens with a lantern searching
for an honest man
-Eratosthenes calculated circumference of earth
-Archimedes designed siege machines to defend Syracuse, killed by a Roman soldier,
discovered specific gravity
-Euclid wrote Elements, father of geometry, flourished in Alexandria c. 300 BC
-Ptolemy - wrote Almagest, also Geography, lived in Egypt during Roman Empire,
advocated geocentric theory
Greek Sculpture & Architecture: Three orders (i.e. styles) of columns are Doric (plain),
Ionic (w/rounded scroll at the top called a volute) and Corinthian (ornate, with fluting at
the top)
-Parthenon is a temple to Athena on the Acropolis (lit. high citadel) in Athens, contained
frieze on the outside known as the Elgin Marbles (now controversially in British Museum, not

in Greece). Erechtheion is a smaller temple also on the Acropolis. Phidias is the greatest
Greek sculptor; sculpted statue of Athena inside Parthenon.
-Myron sculptured Discobolos (Discus Thrower). Other Greek sculptures include Winged
Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo (both in the Louvre), Laocoon and His Sons and
Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) by Polykleitos. Praxiteles sculpted Knidian Aphrodite (1 st female
nude).
8. Greek Literature
-Historians are Herodotus (Wrote The Histories about the Persian Wars), Thucydides (History
of the Peloponnesian War ), Xenophon (Anabasis) about a civil war in the Persian Empire
(used as a guide by Alexander)
-Tragedians are Sophocles (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, Electra), Aeschylus
(The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, The Oresteia, Prometheus Bound), and Euripides
(Medea, The Trojan Women, Bacchae, also, the play known as Cyclops, the only example
from the genre known as a satyr play)
-Most famous comedy writer is Aristophanes (The Birds, The Frogs, The Wasps, The Clouds,
Lysistrata)
-Epic poets are Homer (Iliad and Odyssey) and Hesiod (Theogony, a work about the history
of the gods)
9. Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC)
-Alcibiades is a successful commander first for Athens, then for Sparta, then once again for
Athens
-Athens decimated by a plague early on during the war; Pericles dies in the plague
-Peace of Nicias ends first phase of war (known as Archidamian War) in 421 BC
-In 415 Athens leads the expedition to Sicily, to subdue the city of Syracuse. Expedition fails
utterly in 413 BC.
-Sparta destroys Athens fleet in Battle of Aegispotami in 405 BC. Athens then surrenders in
404. In the aftermath of the war, the Thirty Tyrants rule Athens. Democracy is eventually
restored, but Athens never fully recovers.
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Rise of Macedon (state in Northern Greece)
-Philip II transforms Macedon into preeminent power in Greece through shrewd diplomacy
and superior military training, which employs a battle formation known as the phalanx
(soldiers use long spear called the sarissa)
-Sparta is defeated by Thebes (including the elite gay troops of the Sacred Band of Thebes)
at the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC. Thebes & Athens are then defeated by Macedon under
Philip at Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC)
11.
Alexander the Great (356-323 BC)
-Son of Philip II and Olympias (famous for worshipping snakes). Takes over after Philips
assassination in 336 BC. Leaves Antipater in charge in Macedon while off campaigning.
Horse is Bucephalus (city named for it); lover is Hephaiston. Employs elite brigade known as
Companion Cavalry.
-Battle of the Granicus River (334) first major victory, fought in Northwestern Anatolia near
site of Troy
-Battle of Issus (333) - fought in Southeastern Anatolia, near Mediterranean Coast.
Alexander defeats Darius III whose retreat is depicted in the mosaic found at the House of
the Faun from Pompeii
-Siege of Tyre (332) troops build a causeway to Tyre (Phoenician city on an island) and
succeed in besieging it
-Battle of Gaugamela (331) Darius III is defeated for good; he flees and is killed by a
satrap. Persian Empire falls.
-Campaigns into Bactria & Sogdia (Turkmenistan/Tajikistan) Battles of Jaxartes & Sogdian
Rock defeats steppe armies unprecedented. Founding of Alexandria Eschatea, also
Kandahar in Afghanistan.
-Battle of Hydaspes River (326) fought in Pakistan at a tributary of the Indus against King
Porus and elephants.

Soon afterwards, troops revolt, Alexander agrees not to march farther into India, but to turn
back. Alexander dies in Babylon of a fever in 323 BC; at the time of his death, he was
planning the conquest of Arabia.
-Legends include his untying of the Gordion Knot by slicing through it, and his visit to the
oracle at the Siwa Oasis
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Hellenistic Age (323 BC -1st century BC)
-Alexanders empire is split up among his generals. Ptolemy gains Egypt, Antigonus gains
Anatolia, Seleucus gains most of Persia and the Middle East. Successors are collectively
called the diadochoi who fight among each other.
-Pergamon (in Anatolia), Antioch (in Syria), and especially Alexandria (founded by Alexander
in Egypt) become primary centers of Greek civilization, known as "Hellenistic." Alexandria
famous for Great Library.
-Development of New Comedy (whose most famous author is Menander whose only
complete surviving work is The Grouch) & dynamic sculpture (examples include the
Laocoon and Winged Victory of Samothrace)
-Hellenistic Age ultimately supplanted by Romans in the West, rise of Parthia in the East.

Ancient History ACE Camp 2012


Rome

Day 3 Notes Ancient

Roman Monarchy (c. 753-509 BC) Roman Republic (511-27 BC) and Roman Empire (27BC-476
AD, in the West)
7 Hills - Capitoline, Palatine, Caelian, Viminal, Quirinal, Aventine, Equiline (Charlie, please come
very quickly and eat)
7 Kings of Rome - Romulus, Numa Pompilius,Tullus Hostilius, Ancus Marcius, Tarquinius Priscus,
Servius Tullius, Tarquinius Superbus the last is an Etruscan king, driven out due to rape of
Lucretia by his son. Earlier kings semi-legendary. Etruscans are non-Indo European speaking
people of North Central Italy, city of Veii, famous for tomb paintings.
Roman Republic
-Established largely by Lucius Brutus, soon after comes the story of Horatio at the Bridge (c 508
BC) against Etruscans
-Expansionist state, campaigns successfully against Italic tribes (e.g. Faliscans, Oscans, Umbrians),
also over the course of the early Republic, Rome takes over from the Etruscans (based in Tuscany,
non-Indo-Europeans)
-Legend of Cincinnatus, elected dictator, sees off revolt of the Sabines and other tribes, then goes
back to his farm
-Twelve Tables are the law code, the fasces (bundle of rods with an axe) are the symbol of the
Republic, they are carried by bodyguards known as lictors, the Senate is the legislature
-Patricians (Roman nobility who trace their ancestry to the earliest families) and plebeians
(commoners) will vie for power back and forth; plebeians can only be elected to the office of
tribune, they have the right of veto
-Roman politicians eventually come to ascend power in the cursus honorum (course of honors),
culminating in consul (there were two). Other offices included aedile, quaestor (treasurer), praetor
(judge), censor (morals police who counted the population in the census) and provincial governors.
-Rome fights King Pyrrhus of Epirus, Macedonian Greek who wins costly (i.e. Pyrrhic victory) at
Battle of Asculum in 279 BC
Punic Wars Against Carthage

-First Punic War (264 to 241 BC) Rome and Carthage are both expanding, matters come to a
head over control of Sicily
Rome sees early naval setback at Battle of Lipari Islands, then nearly unbroken victories, Rome
takes Sardinia and Corsica
-Second Punic War (218 to 201 BC) Hannibal invades Italy with elephants over the Alps, wins
great victories over Rome at Lake Trasimene and Cannae, but doesnt march on Rome. Rome
wears him down through Fabian tactics of Q. Fabius Maximus. After 16 years, Hannibal retreats to
Italy, loses Battle of Zama in Africa to Scipio Africanus.
-Third Punic War (149 to 146 BC) Cato the Elder is alarmed by rising Carthagian militarism, ends all
his speeches by adding Carthage must be destroyed Scipio Aemilianus burns Carthage to the
ground in 146 BC
Macedonian Wars concurrent with Punic Wars, Rome defeats Corinth in same year as end of Third
Punic War, also, Rome defeats Antiochus III in the Roman-Syrian war (end 188 BC)
Late Republic
-Gracchus Brothers (Tiberius and Gaius) organize reforms relating to land and grain distribution in
100s BC (both killed)
-Sulla and Marius are generals and enemies, establish pattern of army commanders overruling the
Republics institutions
-Cicero is an orator, politician, and lawyer who prosecutes Catiline (conspirator), writes many
letters to his friend Atticus, defends traditional structure of the Republic, famous as a prose stylist,
murdered on the orders of Marc Antony in 43 BC.
-Crassus is a fantastically wealthy Roman, who suppresses slave revolt led by Spartacus (gladiator
from Thrace) in 71 BC, later forms first triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Pompey, who was
successful in defeating pirates and Mithridates king of Pontus, thus adding territory to Rome in
Eastern Anatolia, and in modern-day Lebanon and Israel.
-Julius Caesar invades Gaul, loses Battle of Gergovia to Vercingetorix in 52 BC, but victorious at
Alesia (same year), invades Britain, but doesnt conquer it. Writes The Gallic Wars, then invades
Italy, declaring war on Pompey by crossing the Rubicon River with his army. Later defeats Pompey
at Pharsalus in 48 BC. Pompey then sails to Egypt and is killed on arrival. Caesar famous for quote
veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) after winning the Battle of Zela in 47 BC.
Caesar has a son with Cleopatra, also has wife Calpurnia. Murdered on Ides of March 44 BC by
conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius. Conspirators lose Battle of Philippi to Second Triumvirate
forces of Lepidus, Octavian, and Antony. Antony then becomes lover of Cleopatra & loses Battle of
Actium in 31 BC. Octavian (aka Augustus) becomes 1st emperor in 27 BC
Roman Emperors (based in part on notes on ACE site, see study guide there for more
info)
Julio Claudian Dynasty
27 BC-14AD, Augustus (41 year rule is the longest), began Pax Romana, reign features
Maecenas patronage of Vergil, who writes the Aeneid, Georgics, and Eclogues; and of Horace, who
writes Odes, Ars Poetica and the maxim Carpe diem
14-37, Tiberius married Augustus' daughter Julia the elder and spawned Julio-Claudian dynasty;
great general, as seen in brilliant campaigns in Pannonia, Illyria,Germania, and Rhaetia; Christ
was crucified during his reign
37-41, Caligula called "little boots" because of his early travels with his father Germanicus in
military campaigns where he wore a miniature army uniform, including boots; was basically nuts,
wanted to make his horse Incitatus a consul.
41-54, Claudius born in Lugdunum (presently Lyon); first Roman emperor born outside Italy;
unknown disability, perhaps cerebral palsy or polio; England conquered during his reign; Thrace,
and Judea were also annexed, was deified after death

54-68, Nero last of Julio-Claudian dynasty; killed his mother; considered insane; early persecutor
of Christians and blamed them for great fire; ruled during revolt led by Queen Boudicca in Britain;
didnt really play fiddle while Rome burned (but this is a famous anecdote); made Seneca commit
suicide after the failed Pisonian conspiracy against his life
69, Year of the Four Emperors includes (in order) Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian
Flavian Dynasty
69-79, Vespasian construction of the Colosseum (aka Flavian Amphiteatre) ruled during
tumultuous Judean revolt where
the fortress known as the Masada fell (stronghold of the Sicari sect) and temple destroyed, father
of Titus and Domitian
79-81, Titus Rome; first son of Vespasian; good general, crushed Judean revolt; showed skill in
dealing with eruption of Vesuvius during his reign; supposedly, Domitian was involved in his death.
81-96, Domitian Rome; bad for economy; devalued Denarius (roman money); bad general; was
stabbed eight times
The Five Good Emperors
1) 96-98, Nerva Chose successor based on capabilities, this led to period of 5 good emperors;
elected by senate to office
2) 98-117, Trajan born in Spain; empire reached greatest extent under him; exceptional general;
took Dacia (modern Romania), made famous column because of it; managed to squeeze out more
land around Sinai, then took Mesopotamia
3) 117-138, Hadrian retreated from Mesopotamia, built a wall in Scotland; his wife was Pompeia
Plotina; was popular
4) 138-161, Antoninus Pius longest reign since Augustus. Also built a wall in Scotland slightly
north of Hadrians Wall.
5) 161-177, Marcus Aurelius last of the five good emperors; shared power with Co-ruled with
Lucius Verus 161-169 Called the "philosopher emperor" or the "stoic emperor" for his stoicism and
writing the work Meditations; fought many campaigns along the Rhine against Germanic tribes
including the long Marcomanni Wars
Later Emperors
Commodus son of Aurelius, (definitely NOT a Good emperor)said to have competed in gladiator
games
because he enjoyed killing (as depicted in the movie Gladiator); he was strangled to death by the
wrestler Narcissus.
193-211, Septimius Severus born in Africa, was a good general, has a large namesake arch in
Roman Forum
198-217, Caracalla granted citizenship to all roman citizens all over the empire who were not
slaves; built large baths
284-305, Diocletian born to a Dalmatian (modern Croatia) family of no distinction; secured
throne after the battle of Margus; created the tetrarchy, whereby four emperors would co-rule; led
a namesake persecution of Christians, the empires largest and last. Retired (only emperor to
retire) to his villa at Split in moder-day Croatia
324-337, Constantine his rule began after he defeated Maxentius at Battle of Milvian Bridge in
312, he converted to Christianity after he saw a cross in the sky at the battle. Issued the Edict
of Milan, declaring religious toleration
364-375, Valentinian I last great western emperor; was the brother of Valens, who ruled in
the East; was born in Pannonia and was the son of Gratian; successfully defended the borders
against Allemani and Saxon invasions
364-378, Valens son of Gratian, brother of Valentinian; died at the battle of Adrianople against
the Goths
423-455, Valentinian III last Western emperor to reign > 2 years; defeated Huns at Battle of
Chalons (451 AD)

461-476, Romulus Augustulus the last western roman emperor; he was deposed by King
Odoacer of the Ostrogoths