Events

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Asia

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Arts and sciences
Religion

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Roman Empire
  • Domitian succeeds his brother Titus as emperor. Domitian isn't a soldier like his two predecessors, and his administration is directed towards the reinforcement of a monarchy. By taking the title of Dominus ("lord"), he scandalises the senatorial aristocracy. Romanisation progresses in the provinces, and life in the cities is greatly improved. Many provincials – Spanish, Gallic, and African – become Senators.
  • The Arch of Titus is constructed.
  • Pliny the Younger is flamen Divi Augusti (priest in the cult of the Emperor).

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Commerce
  • The silver content of the Roman denarius rises to 92 percent under emperor Domitian, up from 81 percent in the reign of Vitellius.


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  • Possible date of the Battle of Mons Graupius (83 or 84), in which Gnaeus Julius Agricola defeats the Caledonians.
  • Emperor Domitian recalls Agricola back to Rome, where he's rewarded with a triumph and the governorship of the Roman province Africa, but he declines it.
  • Pliny the Younger is sevir equitum Romanorum (commander of a cavalry squadron).
  • The construction of the Limes, a line of Roman fortifications from the Rhine to the Danube, is begun.
  • Through his election as consul for ten years and censor for life, Domitian openly subordinates the republican aspect of the state to the monarchical.
  • Domitian increases the troops' pay by one third, thus securing their loyalty.
Asia


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Asia


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Dacia
Asia


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Europe


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Asia
  • Emperor Han Zhangdi dies at age 31 after a 13-year reign in which Chinese military forces have become powerful enough to march against tribes who threaten their northern and western borders. Having used intrigue as well as armed might to achieve his ends. Zhangdi and his General Ban Chao have reestablished Chinese influence in Inner Asia, but court eunuchs have increased their power throughout the emperor's reign. Zhangdi is succeeded by his 9-year old son Zhao, who'll reign until 105 as emperor Han Hedi, but he'll be a virtual pawn of Empress Dou (adoptive mother) and scheming courtiers who'll effectively rule the Chinese Empire.
  • Last year (4th) of yuanhe era and start of zhanghe era of the Chinese Eastern Han Dynasty.

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Religion


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Asia

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Religion


Significant people

Births

  • Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus, better known as Antoninus Pius. Born in 86, he would eventually become a Roman emperor.

Deaths