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Flavian(flā`vēən), ancient Roman gens. The name was applied especially to three Roman emperors, VespasianVespasian
(Titus Flavius Vespasianus) , A.D. 9–A.D. 79, Roman emperor (A.D. 69–A.D. 79), founder of the Flavian dynasty. The son of a poor family, he made his way in the army by sheer ability.
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(Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus) , A.D. 39–A.D. 81, Roman emperor (A.D. 79–A.D. 81). Son of Emperor Vespasian, Titus was closely associated with his father in military campaigns, and after A.D. 71 he acted as coruler with the emperor.
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(Titus Flavius Domitianus) , A.D. 51–A.D. 96, Roman emperor (A.D. 81–A.D. 96), son of Vespasian. Although intended as the heir to his older brother, Titus, he was given no important posts.
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a dynasty of Roman emperors who ruled from A.D. 69 to 96; the founder of the dynasty was Titus Flavius Vespasianus (ruled 69–79). The dynasty also included Vespasian’s sons Titus (79–81) and Domitian (81–96). (SeeDOMITIAN.)
Under the Flavian dynasty, many members of the provincial aristocracy were admitted to the Senate and the equestrian class. The Flavians extended the rights of Roman and Latin citizenship to the provincials on a larger scale than their predecessors, such as the Julians and the Claudians, which expanded the social base of the imperial power. The policies implemented by the Flavians reflected the interests of the provincial aristocracy, which in a number of instances displeased the Senate.
REFERENCESHenderson, B. W. Five Roman Emperors. Cambridge, 1927.
Scott, K. The Imperial Cult Under the Flavians. Stuttgart, 1936.