At the turn of the first century A.D., the Roman Empire was making a comeback following several decades of relative chaos. Five rulers that came to be known as the “Five Good Emperors” brought back stability and order to the Empire while also expanding its reach. The second of these was a man who would rule for nearly 20 years. He was hand-picked by his elderly predecessor to take the throne. This was the 13th Emperor of Rome and the first to rule in the second century: Trajan.