Titus Flavius Domitianus (24 October 51 – 18
September 96), commonly known as Domitian,
was a Roman Emperor.
The following is the account
given of Domitian's life by Seutonis (Roman
Historian) in his book Lives of the Twelve
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Domitian - Rome
"Now in his cruelties he was not only excessive,
but also subtle and crafty, pouncing upon his
victims when they least expected it."
To conclude Domitian's last victim was
Flavius Clemens, who is thought by some to
be a convert
to the Christian religion.
He suddenly killed him.
For the space of eight months after this,
there was so much lightning at Rome, seen and
reported to Domitian, that at last he cried
out, "Let him now strike
whom he will, meaning God or
1Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto
Elijah, saying, So let the
gods do to me,
and more also.
The Capitol was struck, as were
also the temple of the Flavian family, with
the Palatine house, and his own bedchamber.
nothing so much disquieted Domitian as an answer
given by Ascletario, the astrologer, and the
accident that happened to him. This Ascletario
had been informed against, and did not deny
his having predicted that which by his art
and learning he foresaw.
Domitian asked him what end he thought he
should come to himself. And the astrologer
answered that his destiny
was to be torn to pieces by dogs,
1Kings 21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the
LORD, saying, The dogs shall
eat Jezebel by
Domitian ordered him immediately
to be slain, and in order to prove the rashness
and uncertainty of his art, caused him to
be very carefully buried. But in the execution
of this order, it chanced that the funeral
pile was blown down by a sudden tempest,
Ascletario's body, half burnt, was
piecemeal by dogs; which, being observed
by Latinus, the comic actor, as he chanced
to pass that
way, he told it, among the other news of
the day, to the emperor at supper. "
For when Domitian was but a youth the Babylonian
astrologers had told him the very
manner and day of his death.
Domitian was assassinated and stabbed seven
After the death of Domitian the author
concludes the book with a quote that
is meant to be descriptive
of his death and how the Romans felt
after Domitian died. The statement oddly turns
out to be quite similar to the way Jezebel
"Late croaked a raven from Tarpeia's
All is not yet, but shortly will be,
The Tarpeian Rock (rupes Tarpeia) was
a steep cliff of the southern summit
Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman
Forum in Ancient Rome. It was used
during the Roman Republic as an execution
Murderers and traitors, if convicted
by the quaestores parricidii, were
the cliff to their deaths.
"And so it lost her name,except only
that part of the Capitol which they still call
Rock, from which they used to cast down malefactors."
- Plutarch's Lives
And Jezebel fell from a window.
2 Kings 9:33 And
he said, Throw her down. So they threw Jezebel
down: and some of her
was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses:
he trode her under foot.
"Moreover, when Celer, the Roman knight who
was accused of having
intrigued with Cornelia, was being scourged
with rods in the Roman Forum, he did nothing
but cry out, "What have I
done? I have done nothing."
Consequently Domitian's evil reputation for
cruelty and injustice blazed
up on all hands." - Pliny the Younger Roman
Historian - Letter to Cornelius Minicianus
47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude
of thy counsels. Let now
the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators,
stand up, and save thee from these things
that shall come upon thee.
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