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Domitian was born in Rome on Pomegranate Street 0n October 24th AD51 He was the second son born to the future emperor Vespasian Domitians older brother was named Titus Even when very young Domitian was of the opinion that he should be treated like a god Throughout Domitians early years and adolescents the familys status remained high but progress was most marked in the 60s Jones 1992 One example of the familys good fortune was that they inherited a great deal of money This allowed them to gain access to the imperial court as well as granting them senatorial rank In order to accomplish this four different families became one family which enabled Domitian to gain power Domitians brother Titus now in his mid-twenties found a suitable wife in Arrecina Tertulla and it seems that Domitians first cousin Sabinus the third had also married into the same family selecting one of Arrecinas sisters Unfortunately Arrecina soon died and Titus sought a second wife Marcia Furnilla daughter or niece of Vespasians amicus Barea Soranus was an excellent choice with consular senators in her fathers and mothers family Jones 1992 Domitian was an educated person although it is unknown where he got his education He loved to write and wrote poetry His poems were very sensitive no matter what the topic Later on Domitian even wrote and published a book about baldness Apparently Domitian was interested in many different types of literature People often said that he spoke intelligently and made memorable comments In his later years Domitian began to read Tiberiuss commentaries He established a way of thinking and developed his own ideas on standards and morals Around 70 AD Domitian married Domitia Longina the daughter of the great general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo They had lots of troubles in their marriage The couple had one child but the child died at a very young age In 83 AD Domitian wanted
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