- Oct 2012
The Flavians were my first choice for the reasons you laid out.My second vote would have been on the Flavian Dynasty. They had everything: The stellar emperor in Titus who was cut short as Roman an emperor you'll ever see in Vespasian (self made man) , and the alleged tyrant who suffered damnatio memorae but was most likely a capable leader in Domitian.
Second for me would be the Nerva-Antonine Dynasty and the Julio-Claudians third.
The Crisis of the 3rd Century is one of the more interesting periods in Roman history, but we don't always know as much about the emperors as we did in some of the earlier periods.
The Late Roman Republic would be my pick however for the most interesting period.