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Aquila is an alternate history that asks several questions relating to the Roman Empire:
1. What if Christianity died out before spreading through the Empire?
2. What if the Roman Empire spread beyond the Mediterranean and Western Europe, expanding eastwards (I admit, this one is influenced by linguistics) and Latin replacing native languages.
3. What if the Empire never split (the Tetrarchy is as unified and federated as it claims to be, and Caesars are given ranks equal to Augusti)?
4. What if the Empire fell much later, and peacefully?
Gaius Iulius Caesar AUGUSTUS
750 Ab Urbe Condita (AUC)- Augustus bans persecution of followers of religious minorities in order to prevent future uprisings (POD 1)
758 AUC- Augustus begins a campaign to integrate client states of the Empire
760 AUC- Augustus starts a campaign to coerce the peoples of Magna Germania into submission by introducing them to Latin and Roman culture. He opens peaceful relations with the chieftains of tribes,
767 AUC-Augustus dies. The Mediterranean is stable, and many of the residents of Magna Germania speak, read, and write Latin
Unspecified date- Augustus sees promise in Drusus and does not remove him from the succession (POD 2)
TIBERIUS Iulius Caesar Augustus
767 AUC- Tiberius succeeds Augustus as emperor. Although he is reclusive and does not wish to be emperor, he vows to carry on his predecessor's work
770 AUC- Tiberius decides to gradually suppress the Greek language in order to keep the Mediterranean stable as Augustus left it
776 AUC- Drusus does not die as he does in OTL, Tiberius continues to rule rather than hand over power to his generals as he did in OTL (POD 3)
785 AUC- Because of the ban on persecution, Iesu Christ is not crucified. Christianity dies out within 2 decades.
789 AUC-Tiberius dies. Approximately 50% of the Germans (not Germanic tribes, but residents of Magna Germania) have 'Romanized' their culture
DRUSUS Iulius Caesar Augustus
789 AUC-Drusus takes over from Tiberius. Gaius Iulius Caesar Germanicus Caligula dies in a mysterious accident.
790 AUC- The Senate (which has few powers at this point) informs Drusus that Magna Germania has 'Romanized' and most tribes are willing to join the Roman Empire. However, the Franks have stubbornly refused to give up their language, and so this might affect later linguistics in Gaul.
793 AUC- The Roman Empire annexes Magna Germania
794 AUC- Drusus dies, and so does Tiberius Iulius Caesar Nero Gemellus, his successor.
Tiberius CLAUDIUS Caesar Augustus Germanicus
794 AUC- Claudius is next in line for the throne, and so he rules the Roman Empire. He creates a campaign to take over Albion, or Brittania
796 AUC- Brittania is controlled by the Roman Empire. Claudius decides to Romanize its culture and introduce Latin. He also invades Dacia, Sarmatia, and Armenia
798 AUC- Dacia and Armenia are controlled by the Roman Empire
800 AUC- Sarmatia is controlled by the Roman Empire
801 AUC- Claudius invades Colchis, Iberia, and Albania, meeting little resistance. He then invades Osroene, Media, and Nabatene. They are easily won
802 AUC-Claudius begins an invasion of the Parthian Empire
805 AUC- The Parthian Empire is starting to weaken due to uprisings
807 AUC- Claudius dies.
NERO Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
807 AUC- Nero takes control of the Empire from Claudius. He vows to continue an invasion of the Parthian Empire
809 AUC- Vologases I of Parthia and his family are killed in a coup, which results in a Parthian Civil War. Nero uses this as a tool to attack Parthia.
810 AUC- Parthia is in a state of anarchy. Rome capitalizes on this and takes over Parthia, stabilizing it.
813 AUC- British Revolt led by Boudica. Nero sends troops to quell the revolt, and becomes a popular emperor. Uprisings occur in Greece
817 AUC- Rome burns, and many blame Nero (who was actually in Antium) , so Nero starts a search for the instigator of the fire.
821 AUC- A series of executions causes a coup. Nero commits suicide, ending the Iulio-Claudian line
Servius Sulpicius GALBA Caesar Augustus
821 AUC- Galba takes power, but is promptly removed and replaced.
Marcus Salvius OTHO Caesar Augustus
821 AUC- Otho takes power, and is able to suppress an uprising by Vitellius. He does not commit suicide (POD 4)
821 AUC- Vitellius is killed. Otho, having no descendants, chooses Vespasian to be his successor
822 AUC- Otho has become a popular emperor among the people. The imperial treasury is rich, and so Otho spends excess money on funding for scientific, architectural, and mathematic research.
823 AUC- Otho dies
Titus Flavius VESPASIANUS (or Vespasian)
823 AUC- Vespasian takes over from Otho
823 AUC- Vespasian tours the Empire and sees a sharp difference between the developed East and rural West. He decides to use the Treasury's money to urbanize and Latin-Hellenise its culture, while also forming a commission to tackle the task of Latinising the East.