- Strengthened the economy by revaluing the Roman coinage.
- He expanded the border defenses of the Empire
- He initiated a massive building program to restore the damaged city of Rome.
- He fought significant wars were fought in Britain
- His decrees had the header, “Domitian, Lord and God.” According to Suetonius, he was the first Roman Emperor who had demanded to be addressed as Dominus et Deus (master and god).
- His reign came to an end in 96 when he was assassinated by court officials.
- The same day as the assassination, he was succeeded by his advisor Nerva.
- After his death, Domitian's memory was condemned to oblivion by the Roman Senate.
New Testament connections:
The “cult of emperor worship was strong in what was now Turkey…Formal recognition of the emperor’s divinity was a patriotic duty” (Ramsay, 8).
John would be exiled to Patmos. “Antipas” from Pergamum would be martyred. During this reign, John commends the Ephesians and Thyatirans for “patient endurance.” 2nd or 3rd generation Ephesians, however, had lost their “first love.” Sardis seemed “dead.” Laodicea was “lukewarm.”
To the famous church, from whence Polycarp would come and in which he was a bishop, John had this to say, Rev. 2.9-10:
Accept, believe, confess, embrace, stay faithful and walk in the fear of the LORD. This never changes, even when apostate, heretical and pagan Governors rule.