Despite some public backlash due to increased taxes, Vespasian’s ability to control the army, integrate the diverse cultures of the region for the benefit of the empire, and restore the financial state of the empire contribute to a positive legacy. He was able to reestablish the powerful and stable state of the empire after Nero's tumultuous rule. He was demonstrated the powerful quality of foresight in a leader, and exemplified the ability to place future stability over current happiness. Although previous leaders had placed emphasis on military campaigns, Vespasian insured the high quality of leadership, military, and economic decisions throughout the current empire. Vespasian's rule, which was characterized by peace, set a precedent of focusing on internal growth and stability, rather than solely emphasizing expansion. Vespasian's emphasis upon strengthening the economy, military, and social interactions between the diverse sections of the Roman Empire increased the stability of the empire and allowed future leaders to build upon a stronger foundation.
Picture Links and Captions
Opening Slide: Bust of Vespasian, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespasian
Background Slide: Bust of Vespasian, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespasian
Limited Unrest in the Military: Vespasian Leading Troops Against Jewish Revolts, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespasian
Cultural Integration: Sophists during the Second Sophistic, http://jerryandgod.com/debate-and-rhetoric-in-the-ancient-world-and-acts-16-the-selection-of-timothy
Financially Stabilized Country: Roman aureus depicting Vespasian as Emperor, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespasian
Conclusion: The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, which was constructed by Vespasian, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespasian
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