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Emperor Domitian
(Revelation 17.11)
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"The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction." (Revelation 17.11)

Soldier with Lance

Roman Soldier with LanceThe reign of the Emperor Domitian between 51-96 AD was an extremely cruel one. When Hermogenes, a historian, wrote things which Domitian did not like, he was executed, and the scribe who had copied the manuscript was crucified also. Senators were slaughtered right and left. Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (c69-c120 AD) in "The Twelve Caesars" informed us that the Governor of Britain, Sallustian Lucullus, was executed in 89 AD because he allowed a new type of lance to be called a "Lucullan" after himself instead of being dedicated to Emperor Domitian. "Lucullan" has strangely come to mean "extremely luxurious" and was also the name of a type of marble. Domitian revived the old cruel punishment of having his victims stripped naked, fixed by the neck in a fork of wood and beaten to death with rods.

Declared Himself God

Juno Jupiter and Minerva StatuesEarly in his reign, Domitian appeared wearing a golden crown with the figures of the gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva in it, while the priest of Jupiter sat at his side. When he received back his divorced wife, he announced that she had returned to the "divine couch." When the Roman Emperor entered the amphitheater, he loved to be greeted with the cry, "Good fortune attend our lord and his lady." He began his official edicts, "Our lord and god bids this to be done." Soon that was the only title by which the Emperor might be addressed.

"Emperor Domitian"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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