The following ancient Roman Emperors list provides an easy overview of who, when and what happened during the long course of the Roman Empire. The list starts with “The 12 Caesars“.
The image below shows a Roman emperors list – with a total count of 84 for the Western Empire, which is commonly accepted to end with the fall of Romulus Augustulus. However the Eastern Empire lasted well beyond this time.
It is also worth noting that for significant period of time the Roman empire was ruled through a Tetrarchy. An emperor for each of the western and eastern empires had a ‘Caesar’ to act as their substitute, rather like the vice-President.
It is quickly seen that it is difficult to have a definitive Roman Emperors list or list of Caesars, especially if we add the confusion of various break-away portions and provinces with their own claimant to the imperial throne!
The list section below the image provides a little further information about each Emperor listed.
The first and perhaps greatest of all the emperors. A worthy heir and successor of his uncle Julius Caesar. Lacked the military genius but made up for it with Political genius. The godfather of modern Europe.
Stuttered, limped and initially thought to be a fool, which saved his life. Proved to be good at his job. Liked women. Took Britannia. He was poisoned with a plate of mushrooms by his wife Agrippina Minor – Nero’s mother.
His fame precedes him. Wanted to be an artist and a chariot racer. It appears his first years as Emperor were amongst the most illuminated thanks to his tutor Seneca. Got manipulated by his mother and wives. Eventually married a eunuch and killed himself.
The Julio-Claudian Dynasty ends here and gives way to a year of civil war known as “The Year of the 4 Caesars”.
Things start to get a little rocky from here on. The roman economy starts to rattle: As conquests stop the influx of wealth and cheap labour came to a halt. The military got restless and overly involved in politics…..
A “dude” really worth learning about. Named Augustus at York, marched on Rome, beat his co-regent Maxentius and took absolute power.
Constantine took some severely good and forward looking decisions which ensured the survival of at least part of the empire through to the Renaissance (the Eastern half). Some notable things about him…He
created a new capital for the Eastern part of the Empire on the Bosphorus which he called Constantinople (now Istanbul).
authorised the Christian religion as equal to all others.