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In A.D. 51, the future emperor T. Flavius Domitianus, known as Domitian, was born in Rome to Domitilla and Vespasian who would be emperor from A.D. 69-79. Domitian was considerably younger than his brother Titus who was named as successor by Vespasian. Domitian only acquired real power when his brother died in A.D. 81. Despite credit possibly warranted for his administrative and religious policies, Domitian is considered one of the most despotic of the Roman emperors, and was killed in a palace assassination in 96.