Abbreviations on a Coin of Vespasian
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On This Day in Ancient History: November 17
In A.D. 9, the future Roman emperor Vespasian was born. Vespasian was officially Imperator Titus Flavius Vespasianus Caesar. He was born at Falacrinae, and died June 23, 79, of "diarrhea" at Aquae Cutiliae. He was the first of the Flavian Dynasty, which was the second dynasty of Roman emperors. (The first was the Julio-Claudians.) For fans of Lindsey Davis, the Falco mysteries are set under the reign of Vespasian. Davis also wrote about Vespasian's mistress, Caenis.
On this day in 3 B.C., Jesus was born, according to Clement of Alexandria.