Notable Roman Emperors

Roman emperor trivia, what's not to love?
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The first Roman emperor, self styled 'princeps', first amongst equals.
Augustus
Considered a stuttering embarrassment by his contemporaries, proved himself a capable and balanced leader.
Claudius
Triumphant in the year of the 4 emperor's, founder of the Flavian dynasty.
Vespasian
Rome achieves it's greatest territorial extent under the second of the 'five good emperors'.
Trajan
Declares himself the reincarnation of Hercules, scandalises Rome by participating in rigged gladiatorial fights.
Commodus
Purchased his position as emperor in an auction.
Didius julianus
Had his brother (and co-emperor) murdered in front of their mother.
Caracalla
Reportedly 8 foot tall, the first 'barbarian' emperor. Would break the jaws of horses when angry, possibly subject to wild exaggeration.
Maximinus thrax
Possibly born to a freedman father, restored the eastern provinces after defeating the palmyrene empire. Greatly improved Rome's defensive walls.
Aurelian
Established the tetrarchy and brought balance after the crisis of the 3rd century.
Diocletian
9 Comments
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Level 94
Jul 21, 2021
very good quiz, the difficulty level is very well balanced. you could add a few question though :)
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Level 71
Jul 21, 2021
With due respect, while these emperors may be notable, I feel like there are way more important/significant people who have been left off, such as Nero, Marcus Aurelius, Hadrian, and Constantine. Besides the first few and the last one, I think most of these names are very obscure for those who aren't hardcore Roman history buffs. I'd appreciate it if you could add a few of the more well-known ones.
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Level 82
Jul 21, 2021
I hear you, I wanted a selection from the entire imperial period as the more famous emperor's tend to cluster in groups (Julio Claudians, 5 good emperor's etc).
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Level 82
Jul 21, 2021
Although on reflection it there is a significant period after the last emperor reflected on here which gets no mention
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Level 79
Jul 21, 2021
Hard to justify Didius Julianus as notable, he was just one of many short-lived emperors and didn't really achieve much that was worthy of special attention. Suggest you rename the quiz because some of your choices are quirky perhaps rather than notable. Maybe just call it "Roman Emperors" or "Selected Roman Emperors".
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Level 82
Jul 22, 2021
The fact he openly purchased it in an auction is quite a notable occurrence. Not sure if that's ever happened anywhere else.
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Level 79
Jul 23, 2021
Being a rare occurrence doesn't necessarily make it notable, quirky perhaps as I said but that's about it.
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Level 77
Jul 23, 2023
5 stars for including my guy Max Thrax. Caracalla also a great inclusion - the forgotten 4th on the Mt Rushmore of immature psycho emperors alongside Nero, Caligula, and Commodus.
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2023
Egabalus would be a worthy addition too, thanks though, love that massive granite headed barbarian Thrax