Timeline of Events

Table showing the timeline of historical and fictional events from AD 1 to 100.

Key:

  • Year
    • Historic Event
    • Fictional Event
    • Novel Featured
  • 9 AD
    • Teutoburg Massacre, three legions led by Varus are massacred by German tribes. Birth of Vespasian.
  • 14 AD
    • Augustus dies, Tiberius becomes Emperor.
  • ?25/26 AD
    • Vespasian assumes the toga viralis (Toga of Manhood).
  • ?27 AD
    • Vespasian a military tribune in Thrace.
  • 32 AD
    • Vespasian Triumvir Capitalis.
  • ?35/6 AD
    • Vespasian quaester in Crete & Cyrenaica. Fails to be elected as aedile.
  • 37 AD
    • Death of Tiberius, Caligula becomes Emperor.
  • 38 AD
    • Vespasian elected plebian aedile.
  • 39 AD
    • Vespasian’s son Titus is born.
  • ?40 AD
    • Vespasian praetor.
  • 41 AD
    • Caligula assassinated, Claudius becomes Emperor.
    • Falco born?
  • 42 AD
    • Vespasian made commander of the Second Augusta Legion in Germania.
  • 43-7 AD
    • Invasion of Britain. Vespasian subdues the south-west and captures the Isle of Wight. He is awarded Triumphal Ornaments.
  • 47 AD
    • Helena born in October.
  • 51 AD
    • Vespasian suffect consul. Birth of Vespasian’s son Domitian.
  • 54 AD
    • Claudius dies and Nero becomes Emperor.
  • 62/3 AD
    • Death of Claudius’ son Britaniccus. Titus becomes very ill, but recovers.
  • 60 AD
    • Iceni revolt in Britain, led by queen Boudicca.
    • Falco supposedly in the army, stationed in Britain.
  • 62/3 AD
    • Vespasian proconsul of Africa.
  • 64 AD
    • “The Great Fire of Rome”, Nero blamed the Christians and started persecuting them. Seneca said that Nero sentenced Christians to die by tunica molesta, a naptha impregnated “shirt of torture.” On the ruins of the centre of the city, Nero builds his Golden House.
  • 66 AD
    • Nero tours Greece and Vespasian is present (falls asleep in Nero’s recital!). Revolt break out in Judea, Vespasian is put in charge of subduing it.
  • 68 AD
    • Galba revolts and Nero commits suicide. Galba declared Emperor.
  • 69 AD
    • Year of the Four Emperors. Galba is killed, Otho attempts to seize the Empire, but is opposed by Vitellius. Otho dies and Vitellius is opposed by Vespasian. Vitellius dies and Vespasian becomes Emperor.
  • 70 AD
    • Titus Caesar captures Jerusalem & destroys the Second Temple (on the Mount).
    • Falco first employed by Camillus Verus. Sent to Britain and meets Helena (mutual dislike).
    • The Silver Pigs (I)
  • 71 AD
    • Vespasian and Titus in a joint Triumph through Rome, celebrating the Judean campaign.
    • Falco & Helena fall in love. Falco nearly gets promoted to Equestrian rank. A conspiracy is solved in Campania. A murderous wife case is solved and Falco gets sent to Germania. Titus Caesar expresses interest in Helena.
    • The Silver Pigs (II) | Shadows in Bronze | Venus in Copper | The Iron Hand of Mars
  • 72 AD
    • The construction of the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) begins.
    • Falco solves a mystery caused by his deceased brother Festus and is accused of murder. Gets sent to Palmyra and joins a travelling theatre to solve a murder and write plays (“The Spook Who Spoke” is written during this time). In Rome Falco helps fight organised crime. Unexpected family matters arise.
    • Poseidon’s Gold | Last Act in Palmyra | Time to Depart
  • 73 AD
    • Emperor Vespasian orders a census to assess the population for tax purposes! Masada, the last Jewish fortification, is finally conquered by the Romans.
    • Falco sent to Corduba to investigate murder and an olive oil cartel. The Didius family grows. In Rome a serial killer is on the loose, and later in the year Falco becomes an official Censor, specialising in the wildbeast/Gladiatorial trade.
    • A Dying Light in Corduba | Three Hands in the Fountain | Two for the Lions (I)
  • 74 AD
    • Antonia Caenis, Vespasian’s long-term mistress, dies. Her steward Auglus erects a memorial to her, near her villa at the Praetorian gate.
    • Falco travels to North Africa as a Censor, plus he has an unofficial mission to carryout. Later in the year Falco has to solve a mystery surrounding the Vestal Virgin lottery, and a murder in a library.
    • Two for the Lions (II) | One Virgin Too Many | Ode to a Banker
  • 75 AD
    • Following the safe birth of Falco’s second child, the family travels to Britannia to solve problems with King Togidubnus’ new palace. Before going home he stops in Londinium and solves a mystery involving an old adversary.
    • A Body in the Bath House | The Jupiter Myth
  • 79 AD
    • June: Vespasian dies following a brief fever & is deified. Titus becomes Emperor.
      August 24th: Vesuvius erupts, destroying much of the Campania coast (inc. Pompeii & Herculaneum).
  • 80 AD
    • Fire of Rome.
  • 81 AD
    • Titus dies after a fever. Domitian becomes Emperor.