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Roman Emperors' Best Known Fact

Learn 22 of the most famous Roman Emperors. For what are they best remembered?
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Augustus
first emperor of the Pax Romana
Tiberius
emperor when Jesus was crucified
Caligula
his name means "little boot;" he appointed his horse as high priest; he was crazy
Claudius
added Britain to the Empire; was poisoned by his wife, Agrippina
Nero
Emperor at age 16; blamed the fire in Rome on the Christians,"fiddled"while Rome burned
Galba
the 1st of 3 Army Emperors
Otho
the 2nd of 3 Army Emperors
Vitellius
the 3rd of the 3 Army Emperors
Vespasian
built the Colosseum in Rome
Titus
Mt Vesuvius erupted during his reign and he helped the victims
Domitian
cruel and suspicious; he wanted to dominate his older brother Titus
Nerva
1st of the Five Good Emperors who established the custom of adopting an heir to rule after him
Trajan
stretched the Roman Empire to its greatest size
Hadrian
built a wall between Britain and Scotland to keep the Barbarians away
Antoninus Pius
had a very peaceful reign; built the Antonine Wall
Marcus Aurelius
wrote a famous book of Philosophy called Meditations
Commodus
corrupt; thought he was Hercules
Septimius Severus
1st Black Emperor from Africa
Caracalla
built the famous baths in Rome and named them after himself
Diocletion
divided the Empire into a Tetrarchy
Constantine
1st Christian Emperor; his motto was in "hoc signo vinces"
Justinian
organized the Roman system of laws