A lot of empires over time have tried to accomplish the prosperity and peace that was achieved by the Roman Empire but none have succeeded in doing so. At the height of the Roman Empire, it was the largest empire in existence as of now. All this was achieved due to the Roman Emperors and their efficient management and strategies that changed the face of Europe and carved the most successful empire ever.
Just like any other empire, they also had their fair share of emperors that were simply unfit to rule. Roman history is associated with a lot of blood and gore which happened due to incompetency and improper decisions taken by the emperors during certain periods.
The Best Roman Emperors
The following are some of the greatest Roman Emperors.
He is counted as one of the most beloved Roman Emperors of all time. Vespasian was an effective administrator and worked extremely hard for the restoration of Rome to its former glory after emperors like Nero brought ultimate defamation to the empire. During his time, a lot of money was spent on the welfare of the public and the beautification of the empire. It was during his time, that the Colosseum was constructed. Sadly he couldn’t see the colosseum get completed as he died in 79 AD. His reign brought stability to the empire and lasted from 69-79 AD.
Tiberius Claudius Nero was the adopted son of Augustus and ruled the Roman Empire from 14-37 AD. While the Roman Historians consider him as someone who never wanted to rule but got the responsibility anyway he was one of the most efficient Roman rulers. He conquered Dalmatia, Raetia, Pannonia and some parts of Germania. He believed that diplomacy is a better option than war and built many bases and important buildings. He left about 3 million sesterces for the Roman treasury upon his death and the empire was stronger after his reign.
The Worst Roman Emperors
Mentioned below are some of the worst Roman Emperors.
The successor of Vespasian, the emperor who stabilized the Roman Empire, Domitian was nothing like his father. He suffered from extreme suspicion over everyone around him as a result of his escape from death during the civil war. He executed 12 ex-consuls along with several members of the senate due to his suspicion of a conspiracy. He also demanded to be treated like got and was ultimately killed by a conspiracy by his wife. He ruled over Rome from 81 AD to 96 AD.
Commodus was the son of Marcus Aurelius, who was a philosopher ruler of Rome. He succeeded his father and became the emperor in 180 AD. He was simply the opposite of his father and was very fond of gladiatorial battles. He sometimes fought these battles dressed as Hercules. He bankrupted the Roman Empire and planned on executing all the noble and rich people in Rome so that he can confiscate their wealth and restore the wealth in the Roman treasury. People around him began to conspire against him but he would find out and have them executed. His very own sister was also a part of the conspiracies. Eventually, the court chamberlain and Praetorian Prefect hired an athlete who strangled him to death in 192 AD.