The Most Important Emperors of the Roman Empire

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Almost 200 people have sat on the throne of the Roman Empire. Some were very good and you probably have heard of them already. Some were very bad and you probably have heard of them, as well. Most, however, were middling, forgettable, with short reigns that accomplished nothing of note. Today, we will be taking a look at the 10 among them who, arguably, had the most noteworthy and impactful reigns as emperor.

The entries are in chronological order. Also, a quick mention on Julius Caesar – although he held the title of imperator, back then it was more of a military title and did not mean the same thing as our modern understanding of an emperor. He was a dictator, so he is not on the list, despite the giant impact he had on Roman history.


This is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list!


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