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View Poll Results: Who is the greatest Roman Emperor?
Septimius Severus 3 4.35%
Trajan 6 8.70%
Marcus Aurelius 9 13.04%
Augustus (Octavian) 40 57.97%
Hadrian 4 5.80%
Claudius I 2 2.90%
Other 5 7.25%
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 09:30 AM   #1

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The greatest roman emporer?


In this thread I hope to discuss the greatest Roman Emperors. You should take into account their foriegn and domestic successes. Also, please note that I will not include Julius Caesar because he was never truly an emperor and this thread will not include Emperors from the Byzantine period.
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 11:52 AM   #2

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probably augustus (octavian)
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 11:57 AM   #3
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I would probably have to say Augustus. However, in the same breath, I do believe it was under Trajan that the empire was expanded to its largest size. So, if that's the case, when speaking about military, Trajan was the best because he made the empire the largest. Then again, Augustus was the first to set up the 'Empire.' I think it'd have to be either Augustus and Trajan.
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Augustus, cause he was a genius man that saw many years after. His greatness is better to see after the catastrophe of Teuteuburg when he ordered NO retalation, this was really a cool decision from a man that knew first of all himself and his abilities and then all others.
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Augustus, cause he was a genius man that saw many years after. His greatness is better to see after the catastrophe of Teuteuburg when he ordered NO retalation, this was really a cool decision from a man that knew first of all himself and his abilities and then all others.
He certainly ordered retaliation, but did decid it was not worth the expense of money and manpower to try to conquer the german tribes. He established the border as the river Rhine, and future emperors followed suit
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Old July 10th, 2006, 07:35 PM   #6

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Of course it was Augustus but don't underestimate his grandson Claudius who so well established the bureaucracy that the Empire sustained itself in spite of fools and idiots running the place. Oh, wait, just like America today.

It is many times the bureaucracy that goes chugging right along no matter what fool thing the meddlers are up too.
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Hadrian, for he understood the limitations of the empire and understood they had to reinforce and hold their already stretched Lymes.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 09:01 AM   #8

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Looks like augustus has a commanding lead in this poll.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 10:18 AM   #9

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If I wanted to be really picky I'd have to disqualify Augustus. Augustus was never an emperor, although now he is regarded as the first. At the time he eschewed any such title prefering the title "Primus inter Pares", or First among Equals. He very rarely if ever used the powers he was given.
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Contrary to everysone choice of the early emperors (as I define to the last of the good emperors), I would like to propose a candidate from the late republic. Diocletian chose to end the single emperorship and expland it to the tetarchy, in 293 AD. Also he codified the laws which help to stabilize the waning republic. With these two innovations he suceeded in prolonging the life of this stuggling empire, and help to produce a great era of prosperity in a time of unrest. On these grounds I think that he should be considered among the greats in list of Emperors.
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