Marcus Ulpius Trajanus
(52 A.D–117 A.D)
Marcus Ulpius Trajanus was born on the 18th of September at Italica near Seville, around the year 52 A.D. Also referred to as Trajan, he was surprisingly the first emperor not to come from Italy. Coming from an old Umbrian family that lived in northern Italy, he was of a Spanish background.
His father, who had the exact same name, had a successful political career as well, which most likely influenced Trajan to enter into politics too.
Trajan served as a military tribune under his father’s governorship and he soon grew up to enjoy a thriving political career, just like his father. Trajan gained office of praetorship in 85 A.D. Shortly after winning the command of the seventh legion ‘Gemina’ in northern Spain, Trajan and his men attempted to help defeat the rebellion against the current emperor, Domitian. Trajan respectfully gained the approval of the emperor for his attempts despite the fact that he arrived too late to be able to do anything.
Later, Domitian was unfortunately murdered, and a man by the name of Nerva, was elected to become emperor. Nerva’s imperial authority was weak, so Nerva adopted Trajan as his co
Trajan was one of the ablest emperors in Roman history. The most distinguished martyrs under Trajan were Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, and Simeon, Bishop of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, he began suffering from circulatory problems, which he suspected was from poison. Another downfall of his was that he seemed to truly enjoy war. His ashes were then carried back to Rome and were placed in a golden urn into the base of Trajan"tms Column"tm. Perhaps Trajan liked to fight because he was good at it, and his achievements are evidence of this. Nerva died on the 28th of January 98 A. It was Trajan that built a large part of the boundary wall between Roman and Germanic territory from the Danube to the Rhine, and he brought order to the borders of the Rhine as well. His body was taken to Seleucia to be cremated.