The ‘Five Good Emperors’. General Administration

  • M. Cary
  • H. H. Scullard


The murder of Domitian was accomplished without the participation of the household troops, whose rank and file had been unshakeably loyal to the late emperor. But one of their commanders, Petronius Secundus, was in collusion with Domitia. After the death of Domitian he contrived to keep the Guards in check, while the Senate proceeded to make its first free choice of a successor. The imperial power was transferred to a senior senator, named M. Cocceius Nerva, who had not taken any prominent part in the opposition to Domitian, but had excited the emperor’s suspicions and was probably privy to Domitia’s plot.


Eastern Province Imperial Power Imperial Finance General Administration Roman Empire 
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Notes and References

  1. General modern works include M. Hammond, The Antonine Monarchy (1959);Google Scholar
  2. A. Garzetti, From Tiberius to the Antonines (1974), with valuable bibliographies.Google Scholar
  3. B. W. Henderson, Five Roman Emperors (1927), for Nerva and Trajan; ibid. Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian (1923);Google Scholar
  4. A. Birley, Marcus Aurelius (1966);CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. R. Syme, Tacitus (1958), passim.Google Scholar

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© The representatives of the estate of the late M. Cary and H. H. Scullard 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Cary
    • 1
  • H. H. Scullard
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LondonUK

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