Roman Emperor. He was born into a provincial senatorial family in approximately 201 AD, and early in his career served as governor of Moesia, modern Serbia. In 249 AD the Emperor Philip the Arab sent him to suppress a rebellion on the Danube frontier. The army there soon declared him Emperor in preference to the unpopular Philip, who was killed soon afterwards. On becoming Emperor he took the honorific name of Trajan, and served as a consul in every year of his reign. He also led his military campaigns in person and bestowed honours on his soldiers of all ranks. In 249 AD he rebuilt the Coliseum after a fire and he later ordered the construction of the Decian Baths and the Decian Portico. He introduced laws requiring all citizens to sacrifice to the state gods, and is therefore remembered as a persecutor of the Christians. Fabian, the Bishop of Rome was among those martyred during his reign. He survived several short-lived rebellions, and was forced to fight against a hostile new German tribe, the Goths, who had begun raiding Roman territory. While campaigning against the Goths in 251 AD his army was surrounded and he was killed along with most of his men and his body left on the battlefield at Abrittus (modern Razgrad, Bulgaria) on the Lower Danube. He was the first Roman Emperor to die in battle against a foreign power.
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