Germanicus

Germanicus

Vespasian and Titus were both successful generals and were known for their victories. Domitian, himself, was not a military man but he saw himself as one. He rarely campaigned, but he often sent letters to the real generals in the field giving advice and making recommendations. With no real experience he set out on a campaign to Germany in 83 AD to engage the Chatti, a tribe in Germany who occupied the land along the Rhine and Danube rivers. His rare success pushed the tribe further out and expanded the empire to the Lahn and Main rivers. Having been successful, Domitian awarded himself the title of Germanicus to celebrate his success. Shortly after this success he raised the army’s pay from 300 to 400 sesterces. This clearly made him very popular amongst the soldiers. Domitian made many reforms when it came to coins beginning when he first came to office where he raised the silver content of the denarius by 12%, this was back to level of the Augustan era. But with high expenses from the military and public he then highly debased the denarius in 85 AD and that level stayed consistent throughout the rest of his rule. This specific coin’s reverse displayed above shows Domitian riding a horse that is trampling a German; it was minted in 85 AD.

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