81-96 Domitian. Son of Vespasian.
96-98 Nerva. Former Senator.
98-117 Trajan. Soldier adopted by Nerva.
117-138 Hadrian. Soldier chosen by Trajan.
138-161 Antoninus Pius. Adopted by Hadrian.
161 Marcus Aurelius. Adopted by Antoninus Pius.
161-69 Lucius Verus. Co-emperor. Adopted by Antoninus Pius. Dies in 169.
180-192 Commodus. Son of Aurelius. Assassinated in 192.
193 Pertinax. Urban Prefect.
193 Didius Julianus. Senator.
193-211 Septimius Severus. Soldier.
211-17 Caracalla. Son of Severus.
217-18 Macrinus. Prefect of the Praetorian Guard.
218-22 Elagabalus. Grandson of Caracalla's maternal aunt.
222-35 Severus Alexander. Cousin of Elagabalus.
235-38 Maximinus Thrax. Soldier. Assassinated in 238.
235-38 Maximinus Thrax. Soldier. Assassinated by troops.
238 Gordian I. Soldier. Dies by suicide.
238 Gordian II Soldier. Killed in battle.
238 Pupienus Maximus. Senator-soldier. Assassinated by Praetorians.
238 Balbinus co-emperor with Pupienus. Senator-soldier assassinated by Praetorians.
238-244 Gordian III. Grandson of Gordian I. Assassinated at the age of nineteen.
244-49 Philip the Arab. Soldier. Killed in battle. Son and heir murdered.
249-51 Decius. Soldier. killed in battle against "barbarians."
251-53 Gallus. Soldier. Assassinated by own troops.
251 Hostilian. Co-emperor. Dies of the plague in 251.
251 Volusianus. Co-emperor. Son of Gallus. Assassinated by own troops.
253 Aemilian. Soldier. Assassinated by own troops.
253-60 Valerian. Soldier. Taken prisoner by the Persians in 260.
253-68 Gallienus. Co-emperor. Son of Valerian. Assassinated in 268.
260-68 Postumus. Soldier-emperor for Gaul, Spain, Germany and Britain. Killed by his troops in 268.
268-69 Claudius II. Soldier. Died of plague.
269 Marius. Soldier. Assassinated?
269-70 Victorinus. Soldier. Assassinated by subordinate.
270-75 Aurelian. Soldier. Assassinated in 275.
275-73 Tetricus. Soldier. Assassinated.
276 Florianus. Soldier. Assassinated.
276-82 Probus. Soldier. Assassinated by own troops.
282-83 Carus. Soldier. Died of unknown causes during military campaign.
283-85 Carinus. Senator-soldier. Assassinated in 285.
283-84 Numerian. Co-emperor. Soldier. Son of Carus. Dies in 284.
284-305 Diocletian, soldier, abdicates in 305.
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