Building Rome back up

After Nero

After Nero committed suicide, the empire was crime ridden. People saw the absence of a formal leader as the perfect time to pillage. But the people soon realized what that meant, eventually someone would have to pay. So in exchange for not being punished, the miscreants pledged their service to Vespasian, going so far as to stitch his name in all of their banners. Silver Denarius of Vespasian. Digital image. Roman Coins. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2016.


After Vespasian was elected, partly thanks to Otho, recovery was the number one priority. His job was to restore peace, fix the provinces, and recover the financial issues, which were mostly caused by Nero when he debased the Denarius. All the while taking back the public lands, which had been usurped by wealthy landowners over the years.


Vespasian helped bring Augustus' ultimate dream to life, to build a massive amphitheater. In the middle of Rome, Vespasian designed the Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheater. This Colosseum would hold the biggest games in Rome for centuries to come. Unfortunately, he didn't live to see his project finish. Now his and his son, Titus' accomplishments are praised all the time, pulling in over 4 million tourists a year.


Suetonius - Life of Vespasian

Tranquillus, Gaius Suetonius. "The Life of Vespasian." Suetonius • Life of Vespasian. Loeb Classical Library, 7 Aug. 2012. Web. 12 May 2016. Pages 281 - 321

The Year of the Four Emperors

Kamil, Miriam. "The Year of the Four Emperors." Ancient Origins - Human Origins. Ancient Origins, 8 Sept. 2014. Web. 13 May 2016.

Nero - Ancient History Staff. "Nero." A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2009. Web. 14 May 2016.

Emperor Vespasian

Knox, E.L. Skip. "The Flavian Dynasty - Emperor Vespasian." History of Western Civilization. Boise State University, n.d. Web. 14 May 2016

Debasement of the Silver Coin

Comparette, T. Louis. "Indiana Authors and Their Books." Debasement of the Silver Coinage under the Emperor Nero. T.R. Marvin and Sons Printers, 25 Mar. 1914. Web. 15 May 2016.