In the age of the Five Good Emperors, they used adoption to pick their successors. Adoption allowed for the Emperors to choose from all of Rome on who they wanted to take their place. Nerva was more so forced to pick his adopted son, Trajan, rather than waiting longer, but this allowed him to live in peace for his last few years (Scarre 88). Trajan was alerted of his adoption from a handwritten note from Nerva. Later, Hadrian told Trajan of the Emperor’s death, but Trajan waited a year before coming into Rome to start his rule (Scarre 91). Nobody thought that Trajan would pick Hadrian as his successor. It is also believed that his wife hid his death until it was determined that Hadrian was chosen. “But these carried her own signature rather than T...
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