Titus’s Reign



Titus reigned only a short two years as emperor from 79 AD until his death in 81 AD. Although there were difficult challenges early on, he is considered to have been a great ruler. These are two coins minted from 80-81 AD. The top coin has an image of Securitas on the reverse, who was the Roman deity for security and stability. This image could have been chosen to reassure the people after Terentius Maximus posed as Nero, who he resembled closely, and rebelled against the emperor. The bottom coin pictures Felicitas on the reverse, who stood for prosperity or good fortune. Even though Titus gave lots of money after Vesuvius and the fire Rome, he was able to create a surplus in the treasury by the time of his death. His reign lacked any significant political or military conflict.


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