Though the Roman Republic had been dismantled by the time Domitian became emperor, the Roman Empire had not dispensed with the outward pretense of a republican state. Domitian put to rest this notion, officially rendering senatorial powers obsolete. Domitian openly governed as an absolute monarch, his rule pervading into matters of cultural and moral authority in addition to his political role.
Denarius of Domitian Silver 81 - 96 C.E. 2015.16.0078 Gift of Ron D’Argenio