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Nerva he was Roman Emperor from 96 to 98. Nerva became Emperor at the age of sixty-five, after a lifetime of imperial service under Nero and the rulers of the Flavian dynasty. he attained consulships in 71 and 90 during the reigns of Vespasian and Domitian respectively.

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the founder of the Flavian dynasty, Nerva was a member of the Italian nobility rather than one of the elite of Rome. Nevertheless, they were among the most esteemed and prominent political families of the late Republic and early Empire The direct ancestors of Nerva on his father's side, Nerva, were associated with imperial circles since the time of Emperor Augustus

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The suicide of Nero on 9 June 68 brought the dynasty to an end, leading to the chaotic Year of the Four Emperors, which saw the successive rise and fall of the emperors Galba, Otho and Vitellius, until the accession of Vespasian on 21 December 69 Likewise, Edward Gibbon's assertion that Nerva hereby established a tradition of succession through adoption among the Five Good Emperors has found little support among modern historians.

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On 1 January, 98, at the start of his fourth consulship, Nerva suffered a stroke during a private audience Shortly thereafter he was struck by a fever and died at his villa on 28 January Nerva was succeeded without incident by his adopted son Trajan, who was greeted by the Roman populace with much Two modern statues which commemorate Nerva can be found in towns associated with him. There is an equestrian statue in Gloucester, England,There is a statue at his alleged birthplace His place in Roman history is therefore summarized as a necessary, if tumultuous stop-gap before the Trajanic-Antonine dynasties