Nerva facts for kids
|Emperor of the Roman Empire|
Bust of Nerva, National Museum of Rome
|Reign||18 September 96 – 25 January 98|
|Full name||Marcus Cocceius Nerva
Marcus Cocceius Nerva Caesar Augustus (as emperor)
|Born||8 November 30|
|Died||27 January 98(aged 67)|
|Place of death||Rome|
|Buried||Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome|
|Father||Marcus Cocceius Nerva|
Nerva (Marcus Cocceius Nerva, 8 November 30 – 25 January 98) was Roman Emperor from 96 to 98.
Nerva became emperor at the age of sixty-five, after a lifetime of imperial service under Nero and the rulers of the Flavian dynasty. Under Nero, he was a member of the imperial team, and played a vital part in exposing the Pisonian conspiracy of 65.
On 18 September 96, Domitian was assassinated in a palace conspiracy. On the same day, Nerva was declared emperor by the Roman Senate. As the new ruler of the Roman Empire, he vowed to restore liberties which had been cut during the autocratic government of Domitian.
A revolt by the Praetorian Guard in October 97 caused him to adopt an heir. After some deliberation Nerva adopted Trajan, a young and popular general, as his successor. After barely fifteen months in office, Nerva died of natural causes.
Although much of his life remains obscure, Nerva was considered a wise and moderate emperor by ancient historians. Recent historians have revised this assessment, characterizing Nerva as a well-intentioned but ultimately weak ruler, whose reign brought the Roman Empire to the brink of civil war.
Nerva's greatest success was his choice of Trajan. This led to a peaceful transition after his death, thus founding the Nerva-Antonine dynasty.
Images for kids
Bust of Nerva in the Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne, Germany
A bust of emperor Domitian. Capitoline Museums, Rome.
The last remaining columns from the largely blind peristyle surrounding a temple to Minerva, located at the heart of the Forum of Nerva. The visible door frame is not an original element but rather one of the many modifications suffered during the Middle Ages.
Roman aureus struck under Nerva, c. 97. The reverse reads Concordia Exercituum, symbolizing the unity between the emperor and the Roman army with two clasped hands over an army standard.
Nerva as Jupiter; cast of a sculpture in the Capitoline Museums (Pushkin Museum, Moscow).
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