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  The Spanish-born Emperor Trajan

The Spanish-born Emperor Trajan
  TRAJAN 98-117

98 AD - Nerva's death and succession.
Nerva rules fairly but never gains the full support of the army, much of which remains loyal to Domitian. Towards the end of Nerva's life, Roman generals co-operate for the first time to choose the next emperor. They force Nerva to adopt an acceptable heir from outside his own family. The result is resoundingly successful, as a Spanish-born Senator and general named Trajan becomes emperor.
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