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 (vĕs-pā′zhən, -zhē-ən) Originally Titus Flavius Vespasianus. ad 9-79.
Emperor of Rome (69-79) who brought prosperity to the empire, reformed the army, was a patron of the arts, and began the building of the Colosseum.
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(Biography) Latin name Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus. 9–79 ad, Roman emperor (69–79), who consolidated Roman rule, esp in Britain and Germany. He began the building of the Colosseum
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(vɛˈspeɪ ʒən, -ʒi ən)

(Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus), A.D. 9–79, Roman emperor 70–79.
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Noun1.Vespasian - Emperor of Rome and founder of the Flavian dynasty who consolidated Roman rule in Germany and Britain and reformed the army and brought prosperity to the empireVespasian - Emperor of Rome and founder of the Flavian dynasty who consolidated Roman rule in Germany and Britain and reformed the army and brought prosperity to the empire; began the construction of the Colosseum (9-79)
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Vespasian in a jest, sitting upon the stool; Ut puto deus fio.
Albert had already made seven or eight similar excursions to the Colosseum, while his less favored companion trod for the first time in his life the classic ground forming the monument of Flavius Vespasian; and, to his credit be it spoken, his mind, even amid the glib loquacity of the guides, was duly and deeply touched with awe and enthusiastic admiration of all he saw; and certainly no adequate notion of these stupendous ruins can be formed save by such as have visited them, and more especially by moonlight, at which time the vast proportions of the building appear twice as large when viewed by the mysterious beams of a southern moonlit sky, whose rays are sufficiently clear and vivid to light the horizon with a glow equal to the soft twilight of an eastern clime.
The topics include how it all began: civil was and Valerius' Argonautica, civil war on the horizon: Seneca's Thyestes and Phoenissae in Statius' Thebaid 7, Vespasian's rise from civil war in Josephus' Bellum Judaicum, engendering civil war in Flavian epic, and instability and the sublime in Martial's Liber Spectaculorum.
Constructed during the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 72 A.D and 80 A.D, it was used to host bloody games and other entertainment like gladiator contests.
69: The Senate declares Vespasian to be Roman emperor - the fourth in less than a year.
Another view is that Jesus was really just a creation of the Flavian Emperors Titus Vespasian and Domitian to counter Jewish militarism.
But Alice (above, with food history expert Jill Hatch) is most interested in its roots as a castrum - a garrison - which was set up by Roman Emperor Vespasian in 79AD.
"He might run again in the College Valley and North Northumberland Intermediate Race at Alnwick on Easter Monday.'' It was one-way traffic a long way from home in the two-and-ahalf-mile Conditions Race as Alex Chadwick's mount Fago bolted up by a distance from Oscar Vespasian to give Selkirk-based Harriett Bryce a dream start as a trainer.
"Josephus Carta's Illustrated The Jewish War" features: 40 maps illustrating the events recorded by Josephus referenced to the latest scholarly research (The Carta Bible Atlas, The Sacred Bridge: Carta's Atlas of the Biblical World, and more); 175 illustrations of sites, archaeological finds, landscapes, artifacts, and artist's renditions; Easy name search for: Persons (e.g., Vespasian); Places (e.g., Jerusalem); Loeb references, and more.
Unfolding throughout the far-flung reaches of the Roman Empire, this sweeping epic ranges from the imperial reign of Augustus to that of Vespasian and is a riveting saga of the adventures of Longinus and his pursuit of the love of Helena Rufinus who was his beguiling childhood sweetheart and the heroine of Rome.
Vespasian Pella, Romanian eminent jurist and diplomat of international stature, proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, is the promoter of an idea of establishing an international legal body to prevent and fight the collectively crime of states.
Having brought to bear primary sources from across the human experience, from biblical Israel to ancient Rome, medieval Europe to North Africa, America, and even Indonesia and Brazil, I conclude this exploration with an explicit primary source, of my own making, drawn from my own Facebook posts of a research trip I took with my then thirteen year old son, Koby, to Rome and Israel in May 2014." In this post Fine asserts, "You see, the Menorah IS at the Vatican--just not the one brought to Rome by Vespasian!" with the post climaxing in the tag, "we write this from the plane to Israel!