Vespasian: From Mule Breeder to Roman Emperor
Vespasian was a Roman Emperor who rose from humble beginnings as a mule breeder in central Italy. His father was a tax collector and his mother managed the family’s small estate. Vespasian joined the army as a young man, where he quickly distinguished himself with his bravery and leadership abilities. He served under various generals during the civil wars of the late Republic and early Empire. Eventually, Vespasian was chosen as Emperor of Rome by the Senate, becoming the first of the Flavian dynasty. As Emperor, he brought stability to the empire, lowered taxes, and built public works such as the Colosseum in Rome. His reign marked an end to the turbulent period of civil wars and the beginning of the Pax Romana.
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