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 (trā′jən) Originally Marcus Ulpius Trajanus. ad 53-117.
Roman emperor (98-117) whose reign was marked by an extensive building program, establishment of programs for the poor, and the conquest of Dacia.
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(Biography) Latin name Marcus Ulpius Traianus. ?53–117 ad, Roman emperor (98–117). He extended the empire to the east and built many roads, bridges, canals, and towns
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(ˈtreɪ dʒən)

(Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajanus) A.D. 53?–117, Roman emperor 98–117.
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She was habited in a gaudy tissue of scarlet cloth, trimmed with yellow silk, which, descending a little below the knees, exposed to view her bare legs, embellished with spiral tattooing, and somewhat resembling two miniature Trajan's columns.
Now if these princes had been as a Trajan, or a Marcus Aurelius, a man might have thought that this had proceeded of an abundant goodness of nature; but being men so wise, of such strength and severity of mind, and so extreme lovers of themselves, as all these were, it proveth most plainly that they found their own felicity (though as great as ever happened to mortal men) but as an half piece, except they mought have a friend, to make it entire; and yet, which is more, they were princes that had wives, sons, nephews; and yet all these could not supply the comfort of friendship.
Thus a Trajan and an Antoninus, a Nero and a Caligula, have all met with the belief of posterity; and no one doubts but that men so very good, and so very bad, were once the masters of mankind.
Then, Mr Wegg, in a dry unflinching way, entered on his task; going straight across country at everything that came before him; taking all the hard words, biographical and geographical; getting rather shaken by Hadrian, Trajan, and the Antonines; stumbling at Polybius (pronounced Polly Beeious, and supposed by Mr Boffin to be a Roman virgin, and by Mrs Boffin to be responsible for that necessity of dropping it); heavily unseated by Titus Antoninus Pius; up again and galloping smoothly with Augustus; finally, getting over the ground well with Commodus: who, under the appellation of Commodious, was held by Mr Boffin to have been quite unworthy of his English origin, and 'not to have acted up to his name' in his government of the Roman people.
Our next station was the Fountain of Trajan, a monument built to honor Emperor Trajan, lauded as one of five good emperors of Mediterranean history.
Accompanied by Agriculture Minister Trajan Dimkovski, he distributed the first green petrol payment cards to local farmers.
On both sides, there are two medallion-like designs portraying Emperor Trajan on the right, while the left side displays a half-portrait of Emperor Hadrian.
"We are also extremely grateful for the support from Trajan Science and Medical who have generously offered to fund the team's travel to the national finals in Birmingham."
I got to know them intimately when abseiling down the interior of Trajan's Column: behind the expertly laid plaster cast is a circular Victorian brick chimney--with an awful lot of South Ken soot built up over the decades.
Trajan Wines, producers of Totus, was part of a twenty-three-member business delegation that was taken by the Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti ) to China through government's incentive scheme (EMIA), to showcase local agro-processing products and services.
For--so people claim--Emperor Trajan built this city for this reason: when a daughter of the emperor's sister Marcia washed in that river named Potamus (which is a river of great clarity and sweetness that originates in the city centre), then she desired to draw water.
Among the topics are adapted Roman rituals in second-century CE Jewish houses, Jews and Christians under Trajan and the date of Ignatius' martyrdom, whether the Noahide commandments were formulated at Yavne: Tosefta Avoda Zara 8:4-9 in cultural and historical context, Christian gnosticism and Judaism in the first decades of the second century, and Josephus on the temple from a post-70 perspective.