NERVA; Marcus Cocceius, Emperor of Rome, born in Umbria in 32 A. D.; died Jan.
25, 98. He was twice consul and was elected emperor in 96, succeeding Domitian, who was
assassinated. His administration was popular with the people, since he diminished the
public expenses and increased the resources of the empire. A conspiracy was formed against
him in the second year of his reign, but the leader was discovered and banished. He
adopted Trajan, then at the head of the army of Germany, who succeeded him as emperor.