Journal of Roman Studies

Research Article

The State of the Imperial Treasury at the Death of Domitian.1

C. H. V. Sutherland

In volume xx of the Journal (pp. 55–70) there appeared an article by Mr. Syme on the imperial finances under Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. Briefly, his object was to shift on to the shoulders of Nerva the financial embarrassment often attributed to the reign of Domitian, and also to strive for a fairer recognition in general of Domitian's qualities. The following notes deal with some of the principal points at issue, and attempt a reconsideration of the financial policy of the period.


1 The writer wishes to acknowledge his debt to Mr. R. P. Longden for help on many points in this article.