By John D Grainger
The imperial succession at Rome was once notoriously doubtful, and the place attainable hereditary succession used to be most well liked. John Grainger's distinctive learn seems at aperiod of intrigue and conspiracy. He explores how, why and by way of whom Domitian was once killed, the rule of thumb of Nerva, selected to be triumphant him, and at last Nerva's personal selection of successor, Trajan, who turned a powerful and revered emperor opposed to the chances. probably most importantly Grainger investigates the results of this dynastic uncertainty either inside and out the ruling staff in Rome, asking why civil conflict didn't happen during this time of political upheaval. The final time a dynasty had failed, in advert sixty eight, a harmful army clash had resulted; on the subsequent failure in advert 192, one other warfare broke out; by way of the 3rd century civil conflict was once institutionalized, and was once one of many major purposes for the eventual downfall of the total imperial constitution. Grainger argues that notwithstanding advert 96-98 often is the civil warfare that didn't occur, it used to be a perilously close-run factor.
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Parthenius the cubicularius is depicted as the prime mover and organiser; Stephanus was the agent of the killing, or at least was so designated; Maximus, Clodianus, the anonymous gladiator, Satur or Sigerius, and the a libellis Entellus were all involved as secondary agents either beforehand or assisting Stephanus. All these men were connected in some way with the palace - even the gladiator is said to be an 'imperial' gladiator; Clodianus is described as a cornicularius, and was no doubt one of the Praetorian Guards assigned to palace duty - he was also, like Stephanus, under suspicion of dishonesty, if not worse.
The consulares ordinarii of 96, taking office on 1 January, and so holding the most prestigious type of consulship, were C. Manlius Valens and C. Antistius Vetus. They were a strange pair, both as a pair and as individuals. Valens was in his ninetieth year, and died either while holding office or soon after;15 he had been in and out of offices for half a century, praetor probably in Claudius' reign, legionary commander before 52, and again in 69, but not apparently in office since. His selection has been seen as a gesture of contempt by Domitian for the Senate, though there is no ancient evidence for this.
14 The mutual opposition of emperor and some senators can be seen to exist, certainly, but it can also be over-emphasised, for on the whole the Senate worked well with the emperor. These two interpretations are not, of course, mutually exclusive: much of the work they did was routine administration, which would not provoke any disagreement. Both could see that the administration of the empire had to go ahead with as little interruption as possible, for, to put it at its lowest, all would thereby benefit.