« Making Friends with Silence Not Nero, not Calligula – Commodus. February 6, 2017 by Roger Wolsey 1 Comment Over the past few weeks several people have posited notions that the individual currently serving as President of the United States is similar to one of two ancient Roman emperors – Nero or Calligula. While there is some merit to these notions, I think there is a closer match who is far more compelling as being analogous – Emperor Commodus (ruled from 177-197 A.D.).
Vespasian (Latin: Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, 17 November 9 – 23 June 79) was Roman Emperor from 69 to 79. Vespasian founded the Flavian dynasty that ruled the Empire for a quarter century. Vespasian was from an equestrian family that rose into the senatorial rank under the Julio–Claudian emperors. Vespasian's renown came from his military success: he led the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 and subjugated Judaea during the Jewish rebellion of 66.