18 September – On this day

The future emperor Trajan was born in Spain and became the first emperor born in the provinces, he was destined to become one of what is known as the five good emperors. He was the last great conquering emperor adding the province of Dacia to the empire as well as conquering large tracts of the East, which were almost immediately abandoned after his death.

Trajan was the first emperor to receive the title optimus princeps (the best of emperors) and has the honour of being the only pagan emperor to have had a pope pray for his soul, further demonstrating the high regard his reign was held in.