"Trajan was in command of the troops in Lower Germany"

The passage that follows documents Hadrian's role (he was Legate of the V Macedonica Legion) in Trajan's military campaigns (101-106 AD) in Dacia (modern Romania). Although nominally a Roman ally, the local king, Decebalus, sanctioned numerous raids on Roman colonies across the Danube, and Trajan determined to suppress these. The campaign, graphically illustrated by the reliefs on Trajan's Column, ended with the defeat and suicide of Decebalus.

 

Relief from Trajan's column, showing the suicide of Decebalus
GNU Free Documentation LicenseRelief from Trajan's column, showing the suicide of Decebalus - Credit: Halibutt