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of the Roman Empire, which is written by and English historian Edward Gibbons. This extract describes Trajan as a military genius and a great general. It tells us about his victory against the Dacians which was a very important battle for Rome. The source also calls him a virtuous and an active prince , so it is obviously in favour of Trajan and his military capabilities. It was because he was a great military leader that he became the emperor of Rome getting adopted by Nerva. So this source obviously shows that Trajan was a great military leader. PRIMARY SOURCE This is a letter Trajan wrote replying to Pliny the younger. Pliny was asking about whether he was right in executing the Christians. Trajan replies that he did the right thing but he also says not waste time in hunting them down. He also says that if they accept to worship the roman gods instead of their own then they can be pardoned. I think that this shows that he is not being merciless and kind but is being logical in saying that there s no point in hunting them down because it s a waste of time and resources. This shows that he was quite a traditional roman in his beliefs. ARCHELOGICAL SOURCE Trajan s column was built to commemorate the emperor s victory in the Dacian wars. Most of the sources suggest that it was built by the order of the roman senate. I think that this would indicate that he was a popular emperor with the senate. This was probably because when he came back to Rome he brought back vast amounts of treasure. We don t know exactly but a scholar named Carcopino estimated 165 000 kg of gold and 331 000 kg of silver. With this treasure he was able to do a lot of building projects, which he s famous for and he also held 123 days straight of gladiatorial games. This made him very popular with the roman people.