We do not, however, know its date, save that, if not Domitian's work, it was carried out soon after his death, and the whole frontier thus constituted was reorganized, probably by Hadrian, with a continuous wooden palisade reaching from Rhine to Danube.
Domitian's succession (on the 13th of September 81) was unquestioned, and it would seem that he had intended, so far as his weak volition and mean abilities would allow, to govern well.
Though he took the title of imperator more than twenty times, and enjoyed at least one triumph, Domitian's military achievements were insignificant.
It was speedily crushed; but from that moment Domitian's character changed.
For Domitian's attitude towards Christianity see V.
Towards the end of Domitian's reign (c A.
Antonius Saturninus headed a rebellion in Germany, which threatened seriously to bring Domitian's rule to an end.
To a reviser in Domitian's reign we owe 8,12-14 and 6b, a clause in 9, brat opri ...
So far as we can discover, no persecution was directed against Christians as Christians till Domitian's time.
This fusion could hardly have taken place before the first half of Domitian's reign, when the last Neronic pretender appeared.
But what then is to be made of the above reckoning when it was taken over by the Apocalyptist who wrote in Domitian's reign ?
The praetorian guards had keenly resented the murder of their patron Domitian, and now, at the instigation of one of their two prefects, Casperius Aelianus, whom Nerva had retained in office, they imperiously demanded the execution of Domitian's murderers, the chamberlain Parthenius and Petronius Secundus, Aelianus's colleague.
Decebalus restored the arms he had taken and some of the prisoners and received the crown from Domitian's hands, an apparent acknowledgment of Roman suzerainty.