List of influential Roman emperors

Posted by John Smith on March 5th, 2019

When Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, died in 14 B.C., the Roman Senate declared him a god. Since then, the people worshiped the emperors and throughout the Empire, temples were built in their honor. These impressive buildings revealed the absolute power of the supreme authorities.

The monuments erected to celebrate the war victories also contributed to proclaim the strength of the sovereigns. The emperors produced coins with their portraits and ordered paintings, mosaics, and sculptures that represented them and their families.

More than showing us a true similarity, the style and symbolism of imperial portraits often tell us about the way an emperor wanted his subjects to see him. The following is a list of some of the most important emperors.

We all know the history of the Roman Empire and its greatness. In our day the language used by the Romans, Latin, is still very present in science, law or religion. Some of the influential Roman emperors stand out for their reflections, their mistakes and their battles lost or won. We will analyze a list of Roman emperors who had the ability to influence the reality they lived.

Roman gods and goddesses:

In the time of the Roman Empire, there were many influential people of whom you have surely heard, like Julius Caesar or Nero. They are characters that have become part of history for various reasons. Let's analyze briefly each of them:


When he was born, an astrologer predicted that destiny was going to be on his side. He is known to have been emperor during the time when Jesus of Nazareth was executed on the cross. He stood out for being an excellent soldier since he participated in the conquest of various territories for the Empire.

Julius Caesar:

He is considered one of the most influential and important Roman emperors, since he resigned as an autocrat for more than 40 years and ended a century of civil wars in Rome, ushering in an era of peace and prosperity.

Marco Aurelio:

He was emperor from the year 161 until his death in 180. He is considered one of the most important figures of Stoic philosophy. Marco Aurelio's government was marked by the wars in Asia and in Germany.

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