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Biographies of Romans (Emperors)

In the history of ancient Rome, appeared many famous figures. Many of them have been remembered as cruel tyrants, eg. Caligula, Nero or Caracalla. Others, on the other hand, became famous as great reformers: Augustus, Claudius, Marcus Aurelius, Diocletian, and Constantine the Great. Also, do not forget about the Roman commanders, who often rescued the Roman state from extermination.

The great creators of Roman culture who also significantly influenced the further development of the world were also remembered. I will present people who have become famous for their great deeds.

Constantine I the Great

(27 February 280 - 22 May 337 CE)

Constantine I the Great was a Roman emperor who ruled in 306-337 CE. He was reformer and the first Christian ruler of the Roman Empire.


(8 November 30 - 27 January 98 CE)

Nerva was a Roman emperor in the years 96-98 CE. The progenitor of the Antonine dynasty, which gave Rome five good emperors. He adopted Trajan.


(22 December 244 - 3 December 311 CE)

Diocletian was a Roman emperor from 284 to 305 CE. His rule begins the era of domination and the so-called tetrarchy.

Gordian I

(c. 159 - 238 CE)

Gordian I, along with his son Gordian II, was emperor for one month in 238 CE - the so-called "Year of the Six Emperors".

Claudius II Gothicus

(214-270 CE)

Claudius II Gothicus was a Roman emperor in the years 268-270 CE. The first emperor in many years to die a natural death instead of swords. He was remembered so well that the entourage of the future emperor Constantine tried to derive their princeps from his family.


(1 August 10 BCE - 13 October 54 CE)

Claudius was a Roman emperor who ruled in the years 41-54 CE. He was one of the better-educated rulers who was discriminated because of his disability.


(17 November 9 - 23 June 79 CE)

Vespasian was a Roman emperor who ruled from 69-79 CE. The first ruler of the Flavian dynasty. He distinguished himself as a reformer and reorganizer of the state.

Maximinus Thrax

(c. 172 - April 238 CE)

Maximinus Thrax, also known as Maximinus I, reigned as emperor in the years 235-238 CE. He is considered the first barbarian to wear Imperial Purple. According to "Historia Augusta", he was 250 cm tall. Moreover, his thumb was reportedly so large that he wore his wife's bracelet as a ring.

Marcus Aurelius

(26 April 121 - 17 March 180 CE)

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor who ruled in 161-180 CE. He was one of the most outstanding and educated emperors of Rome.


(18 April or 23 May 359 - 25 August 383 CE)

Gratian (Flavius Gratianus) was born on April 18 or May 23, 359 CE in Sirmium (now Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). Gratian was a Roman emperor from 367 until his death in 383 CE. He was the eldest son of Valentinian I and Marina Severa.

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