The Flavian Dynasty started in 69 A.D. with the rise of Vespasian. They are listed on the Biblical Timeline Chart during that period. The Dynasty lasted for nearly 30 years until and ended in 96 A.D. There were only three rulers of the Flavian Dynasty. They included Vespasian and his two sons Titus and Domitian. Vespasian was born in 9 A.D., and his father was a knight and an equestrian named Titus Flavius Petro.
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Vespasian’s Childhood and Career As a child Vespasian came from a family that was unknown and unimportant. Vespasian’s father had rose through the ranks of soldiers to become a centurion. After serving in the army, he became a tax, collector. His other brother became a politician, and Vespasian didn’t seem to have a bright future ahead of him. His mother had derided him for this, and he eventually joined the Roman military. He soon married a woman named Flavia Domitilla who bore him three children. They were named Titus, Domitian, and Domitilla.
Vespasian the Soldier
During his military service, he became a capable and dependable soldier. He fought in different battles and rose through the ranks to the position of consul of Britain. By 63 A.D., he became the proconsul of Africa. In 68 A.D., Vespasian was given an important mission by Emperor Nero, and this would be one of the most defining moments in his career and life.
Emperor Nero wanted Vespasian to quell the Judean revolt that was creating chaos in the Middle East region. Vespasian took his son Titus with him and started a campaign to quell this rebellion. When he arrived, he managed to subdue quickly the unsettled Jews but an emergency situation had arisen while he was carrying out his duty. Emperor Nero was dead, and Vespasian was called back to Rome to help keep order. He placed his son Titus in charge of the campaign and went back to Rome to help deal with the dire situation that had become apparent.
Vespasian and the Rival Generals of Rome
After Nero had died four generals came to power in less than a year and they were Galba gen, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. By the time that Vespasian made it back to Rome, Galba and Otho were slain, and only Vitellius was left to oppose him. Vespasian defeated Vitellius and then was favored to become the next Roman Emperor. This event is known in history as the Year of the Four Emperors. Vespasian made sure that the Roman people knew that his power came from his military that was loyal to him.
He also played up a story about being a humble man destined to rule by the hands of the gods. Many commoners loved Vespasian because he was truly down to Earth, and he ran the empire from the position of a commoner. He was also humorous, and this helped to win people over as well. Vespasian increased the treasury of Rome, and he created sensible legislation. He sternly demanded that his sons be made rulers once his time as emperor was over. The Senate genuinely liked Vespasian, and they also feared him because of his powerful military. Vespasian died in 79 A.D. due to a fever, and his son Titus took his position once he passed away.
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