In Defense of Domitian

Sidestories: History‘s Lost Tales

Jul 5 2021 • 1 hr 46 mins


This week on Sidestories, we take a look at the life of an oft-maligned Roman emperor who we feel has gotten the historical short end of the stick. Emperor Domitian has long been represented as a paranoid, tyrannical autocrat who cared for nothing but servicing his own selfish, short-sighted ends. In this episode, we shall argue that, in fact, he was a very capable, if flawed, administrator who styled himself the successor of Augustus and set the Empire on track for the ensuing century-long Pax Romana.

Intro/outro music: "Crunk Knight" by Kevin MacLeod