By John D Grainger
The imperial succession at Rome was once notoriously doubtful, and the place attainable hereditary succession used to be hottest. John Grainger's unique examine appears at aperiod of intrigue and conspiracy. He explores how, why and via whom Domitian used to be killed, the guideline of Nerva, selected to be triumphant him, and at last Nerva's personal number of successor, Trajan, who turned a powerful and revered emperor opposed to the percentages. maybe most importantly Grainger investigates the results of this dynastic uncertainty either inside and out the ruling staff in Rome, asking why civil battle didn't happen during this time of political upheaval. The final time a dynasty had failed, in advert sixty eight, a harmful army clash had resulted; on the subsequent failure in advert 192, one other battle broke out; via the 3rd century civil conflict was once institutionalized, and used to be one of many major purposes for the eventual downfall of the whole imperial constitution. Grainger argues that even though advert 96-98 will be the civil battle that didn't occur, it was once a perilously close-run factor.
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18 See below, p. 39. 19 Bj ii 16. -4 (379; 30g). 20 BJ vii 5. 2 (105). 21 cr. Syme, CAH xi. ' See also below, n. 136. 101; Roman Assessment there was any practical need for Severus' Persian campaign, while that of CaracaIIa is said to have been undertaken because the emperor 'wanted to acquire the Parthian kingdom for himself. 22 It is often claimed that there was an important difference between the Parthian and Sassanian attitude. 23 For the present it may be observed that the few sources quoted do not support this view, as Artabanus, in AD 35, made the same claims as Ardashir in the third century.
Milrord, ANRWii. 7. v. limes, 1317 r. loe Op. , 1707. For the site of Sa tala, Mitford, ANRW, 1187; DE, 1314f. , References in van Berchem, MIU"'''' H,I",1ialm 40 (1g83), 190, n. 29. For the known auxiliary fort. in Cappadocia, Mitrord, ANRW, I 188-g2; DE, 1314-19. Syria and Cappadocia 37 have been transferred for temporary duty from Cappadocia. That, however, seems neither necessary nor likely, particularly because we can be fairly certain that the total of twenty cohorts mentioned in the inscription from Antioch represents the total number present in the province.
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