Vespasian Fact Sheet: Who was Vespasian? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Vespasian.
Vespasian Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 9 -79 *** Full Name: Titus Falvius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus *** Nickname: Mulio *** Occupation: Roman Emperor *** Date of Birth: Vespasian was born on July 1st 9 AD *** Place of Birth: Vespasian was born in Falacrinae, Italy *** Family background: His father was Titus Flavius Sabinus who had been a Roman knight, a customs official and would become a money lender and his mother was Vespasia Polla, together they had three children, their first child, a little girl, died as an infant and their eldest son and went unto public life *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his family *** Education: Vespasian as befitted his station ***
Vespasian Fact 1:
Vespasian was born on July 1st 9 AD
and during the 1st Century AD period
in history when the Near East, North
Africa and Europe increasingly
became dominated by the Roman
Vespasian Fact 9: In 41 AD Claudius was proclaimed emperor and Vespasian was selected as legate of Legio II Augustus which was located in Germania.
Vespasian Fact 10: He would take part in the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD and proved himself under Aulus Plautius who had overall command. He took part in battles on the Thames and Medway rivers and was sent south westward which took him through the counties of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall with his objective being to secure the lead and silver mines of Somerset, the tin mines of Cornwall and the coastal ports and harbors.
Vespasian Fact 11: He would
also invade the Isle of Wight known
as Vectis. During this period of
time he became injured and not until
he arrived in Egypt was he fully
recovered. Upon his return to Rome
his greeted with triumphal regalia.
Vespasian Fact 17: Upon his return he visited Greece as part of Nero’s entourage he sadly fell out of favor with the Emperor as he fell caught napping during a recital of Nero's.
Vespasian Fact 18: His next appointment would be in Judea where he was instructed to suppress a Jewish revolt that was taking place there.
Vespasian Fact 19: With Nero's death in 68 AD the Empire spiraled into Civil War as well as three successive emperors, Galba, Otho and Vitellius. Galba was murdered by Otho’s supporters who in turn were conquered by Vitellius and in Galba demise his supporters turned to Vespasian and wanted him for their emperor.
Vespasian Fact 20: Under
these circumstances Vespasian found
numerous omens, portents and oracles
supporting the belief that he should
rule the empire.
Vespasian Fact 22:
By 79 AD Vespasian had served Rome
as her Emperor for ten years. While
away from the capital he began to
suffer a bout of diarrhea and
returned home immediately. Once
there the ailment brought him very
low and caused him to nearly faint
and which he cried “An emperor ought
to die standing upright.” While
being assisted to his feet on June
23rd 79 AD aged sixty nine years
Vespasian died in the hands of those
trying to help him.
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