Trajan: Optimus Princeps
Did Trajan really deserve his reputation as the embodiment of all imperial virtues? Why did Dante, writing in the Middle Ages, place him in the sixth sphere of Heaven among the Just and Temperate rulers?
In this, the only biography of Trajan available in English, Julian Bennett rigorously tests the substance of this glorious reputation. Surprisingly, for a Roman emperor, Trajan comes through the test with his reputation relatively intact.
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Review: Trajan: Optimus PrincepsUser Review - Windsor - Goodreads
Practically the only book on Trajan made (at least in the year I read it) which was rather disappointing. Still, a rather good read about a man who was probably loved by the people as much as Augustus ... Read full review
Review: Trajan: Optimus PrincepsUser Review - Phil - Goodreads
Good review of Trajan's life with a lean towards an imperialistic concept of the Roman Empire. Read full review