Felicior Augusto, melior Traiano

"Felicior Augusto, melior Traiano" or "Sis felicior Augusto, melior Traiano" (Latin: "be more fortunate than Augustus [and] better than Trajan) was the formula delivered in the Roman Senate at the inauguration of late Roman emperors.[1] The phrase refers to the perceived well-being during the reigns of Augustus and Trajan. Particularly, it recalls Trajan's title Optimus (Best)[2] and expresses the senatorial memory of Trajan as the exemplar of imperial modesty. The phrase was in use until at least the 4th century AD,[2] when the Roman Empire had dramatically changed in character from what it had been under Trajan's rule.[3]

Augustus (left) and Trajan.


  1. ^ Eutropius, Breviarium, 8.5.3
  2. ^ a b Chenault, Robert R. (2008). Rome Without Emperors: The Revival of a Senatorial City in the Fourth Century CE. ProQuest. p. 108.
  3. ^ "Trajan". UNRV History. Retrieved 28 November 2012.