Romanes Eunt Domus
New Perspectives on the Great Specialization of the Late Nineteenth Century: Growth, Welfare, and Interdependence:

I Hereby Adopt Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajan...

Cassius Dio:

[The Emperor] Nerva, therefore, finding himself held in such contempt by reason of his old age, ascended the Capitol and said in a loud voice: "May good success attend the Roman senate and people and myself. I hereby adopt Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajan."

Trajan being at the time army commander in Upper Germany...

Tacitus was, I think, consul at the time of this adoption. Did he play a role in Nerva's decision to adopt--thus making a succession crisis unlikely because Trajan commanded the largest army and also shoring up Nerva's position in Rome by making the next Emperor honor-bound to avenge any assassination of Nerva?

Nerva certainly understood the revealed "imperii arcano: posse principem alibi quam Romam fieri" of Tacitus's Historiae...

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