Rome - Roman Emperors - Infamous
Annotated gallery of the first 12 emperors of ancient Rome.
Top 5 Worst Roman Emperors
Many emperors had unusual sexual appetites and more were guilty of murder, but somehow these five stand out as too bizarre or excessive -- today.
The Syrian Elagabalus was the randy priest of a phallic god who became emperor when he hit puberty.
Alphabetical Imperial Index
List of emperors sorted alphabetically and their dates, from De Imperatoribus Romanis.
Commodus (A.D. 180-192) became emperor at 19 when his father, Marcus Aurelius, died. He identified himself with Hercules and believed his age was golden. After his murder his memory was cursed.
Article from De Imperatoribus Romanis on Titus Flavius Domitianus (A.D. 81-96), by John Donahue. Shows two sides: lazy and licentious, on the one hand; an ambitious administrator and keeper of traditional Roman religion, on the other.
From the Mad Monarchs series, a short biography with bibliography of the autocratic monarch and second son of Vespasian who was hacked to death in A.D. 96.