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The Roman empire began with the military genius of Julius Caesar. What followed was centuries of lurching between great emperors, mad men, and the most fascinating cast in history.



The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
Julius Caesar -44BC Julius Caesar: The Colossus of Rome (Roman Imperial Biographies) Caesar: Life of a Colossus
Augustus 27BC-14 Augustus (Roman Imperial Biographies) Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor The Age of Augustus
Tiberius 14-37 Tiberius the Politician (Roman Imperial Biographies) Tiberius
Caligula 37-41 Caligula: The Corruption of Power (Roman Imperial Biographies) Caligula (Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History)
Claudius 41-54 Claudius (Roman Imperial Biographies) Claudius
Nero 54-68 Nero Nero Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial Biographies)


Civil War
End of Julio-Claudian dynasty and begining of the Flavians Year of the Four Emperors (Roman Imperial Biographies) 69 A.D.: The Year of Four Emperors
Galba 68-69
Otho 69
Vitellius 69


The Flavian Dynasty
Vespasian 69-79 Vespasian

Titus 79-81

Domitian 81-96 Domitian: Tragic Tyrant (Roman Imperial Biographies) The Emperor Domitian


Nervan-Antonian Dynasty The Antonines: The Roman Empire in Transition
Nerva 96-98 Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99 (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Trajan 98-117 Trajan: Optimus Princeps (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Hadrian 117-138 Hadrian: The Restless Emperor (Roman Imperial Biographies) Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome Hadrian: Empire and Conflict

Antoninus Pius 138-161 The Reign Of Antoninus Pius (1895)

Lucius Verus 161-169

Marcus Aurelus 169-180 Marcus Aurelius: A Biography (Roman Imperial Biographies) Marcus Aurelius: A Life

Commodus 177-192 Commodus: An Emperor at the Crossroads (Dutch Monographs on Ancient History and Archaeology)


Civil War
Pertinax 193
Didius Julianus 193


Severan Dynasty The Severans: The Changed Roman Empire
Septimius Severus 193-211 Septimius Severus - Countdown to Death Septimius Severus: The African Emperor (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Caracalla 198-217

Geta 209-211

Macrinus 217-218

Elagabalus 218-222 The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?

Alexander Severus 222-235


Crisis of the Third Century Collapse and Recovery of the Roman Empire (Routledge Key Guides)
Maximinus Thrax 235-238
Gordian I 238
Gordian II 238
Pupienus Maximus 238
Balbinus 238
Gordian III 238-244
Philip the Arab 244-249 Philip the Arab: A Study in Prejudice
Decius 249-251
Hostilian 251
Trebonianus Gallus 251-253
Aemilianus 253
Valerian 253-260
Gallienus 253-268 Gallienus: A Study in Reformist and Sexual Politics
Claudius Gothicus 268-270
Quintillus 270
Aurelian 270-275 Aurelian and the Third Century (Roman Imperial Biographies)
Tacitus 275-276 Tacitus
Probus 276-282 The Reign of the Emperor Probus (Classic Reprint) Probus: Or, Rome in the Third Century
Carus 282-283
Numerian 283-284
Carinus 283-285


Constantinian Dynasty
Diocletian 285-305 Diocletian and the Roman Recovery (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Maximian 286-305
Constantius I Chlorus 305-306
Galerius 305-311 Galerius and the Will of Diocletian (Roman Imperial Biographies)
Severus 306-307
Constantine I 306-337 Constantine and the Christian Empire (Roman Imperial Biographies) The Life and Times of Constantine the Great
Maxentius 306-312
Maximina Daia 311-313
Licinius 308-324
Constantine II 337-340
Constantius II 337-361
Constans 337-350
Julian the Apostate 360-363 The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World
Jovian 363-364


Valentinian Dynasty
Valentinian I 364-375
Valens 364-378 Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D.
Gratian 367-383
Valentinian II 375-392


Theodosian Dynasty
Theodosius I 379-395 Theodosius: The Empire at Bay (Roman Imperial Biographies)
Arcadius 383-408 Barbarians and Politics at the Court of Arcadius (Transformation of the Classical Heritage)
Honorius 393-423
Theodosius II 408-450
Constantius III 421
Joannes 423-425
Valentinian III 424-455
Marcian 450-457


The End of the Empire
Ricimer's appointments to the imperial throne and warlords Late Roman Warlords (Oxford Classical Monographs)
Majorian 457-461
Libius Severus 461-465
Anthemius 467-472
Olybrius 472
Glycerius 473-474
Julius Nepos 474-475
Romulus Augustulus 475-476 The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West

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