"I witnessed the last thrusts in a duel to the death between Domitian and Rome"

The Emperor Domitian (51-96 AD) was the last in the Flavian Dynasty (reigned 81-96), after his father, Vespasian, and elder brother, Titus. Prominent among Yourcenar's sources, Suetonius and Tacitus both present him as a paranoid tyrant, continuously at war with the Senate. More recently Brian Jones, in his biography, The Emperor Domitian, argues that his difficulties were more with the court than with the Senate, and his assassination was certainly the result of a court conspiracy. The Senate did, however, vote the Damnatio to him, rather than the deification accorded to his father and brother. 


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