Trajan was one of the best emperors of Rome. During his reign the empire reached its greatest extent. Though of noble Roman blood, Trajan was born and raised in southern Spain. He proved to be a very able ruler and administrator, and a strong and popular military leader, conquering Dacia (current Romania) and Parthia (current Iran). His conquest of Dacia is memorialized on Trajan's Column. That column was part of the major construction work he performed, building the new Trajan's Forum with its Basilica Ulpia, Trajan's Market and the Baths of Trajan.
The Plutei of Trajan show Trajan helping people in need, and show, in their backgrounds, a bit of how Rome looked during his reign. The ruins of the Baths of Trajan can be seen in Parco Oppio, just northeast of the Colosseum.
Trajan, in the Capitoline Museum's Hall of the Emperors See all Trajan photos.
Statue of Trajan on Via dei Fori Imperiali, in front of Trajan's Forum and Trajan's Market See all Trajan photos.