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 (də-mĭsh′ən) Originally Titus Flavius Domitianus. ad 51-96.
Emperor of Rome (81-96) who completed the conquest of Britain. After 89 his government became dictatorial, leading to a reign of terror. Domitian was assassinated by a freedman in connivance with his empress and officers of the court.
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(Biography) full name Titus Flavius Domitianus. 51–96 ad, Roman emperor (81–96): instigated a reign of terror (93); assassinated
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(Titus Flavius Domitianus Augustus), A.D. 51–96, Roman emperor 81–96.
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Noun1.Domitian - Emperor of RomeDomitian - Emperor of Rome; son of Vespasian who succeeded his brother Titus; instigated a reign of terror and was assassinated as a tyrant (51-96)
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