"It was our delight to dash those proud faces to the ground, to smite them with the sword and savage them with axes as if blood and agony could follow from every blow. Our transports of joy—so long deferred—were unrestrained" Pliny the Younger translated by Llewelyn Morgan. Photo (before tweaking) by Sophie Hay
Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus Roman statue, 90 BCE Domitian was one of the most ruthless of the Roman emperors. He rewarded good administration, but was insecure, suspicious, and vindictive. He was assassinated by a group of court officials.
"This is the first ever study to assess Emperor Domitian from a psychological point of view and covers his entire career from the early years and the civil war AD through the imperial rule to the dark years and the psychology of suspicion. Pat Southern strips away hyperbole and sensationalism from the literary record, revealing an individual who caused undoubted suffering which must be accounted for."
"Spanning events that include the eruption of Vesuvius and the burying of Pompeii, the opening of the Colosseum, the beginnning of the Jewish Diaspora, the destruction of Jerusalem, Masada, the Great Fire, and the first appearance of Christians at Rome, etc..."