Trajan was appointed emperor in 98 C.E. by his predecessor Domitian.  Trajan, who rose through the military ranks to become emperor, was popular with his citizenry for his dogged expansion of the Roman Empire.  Under his leadership, the empire was territorially at its largest.  He was also well-liked due to his civic projects which included the building of Trajan’s Forum – a civic complex used for a variety of social, devotional and governmental purposes - and Trajan’s Market.   














 Denarius of Trajan                         Silver                                                   98 – 117 C.E.                         2015.16.0083                                         Gift of Ron D’Argenio