Thracia becomes a Roman Province
Contributed by David Verne
Rhoemetalces, the king of Thracia, the area around modern day Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey, dies this year, and Claudius ends Thracia's client status, fully incorporating the territory as a Roman province. There were few urban centers making the province difficult to govern, but as road networks were built and expanded, the province prospered under Roman rule. The Empire had many different peoples in it by this point, and in a few decades the Empire will see its first emperor from outside of Italy.
My Take by David Verne
The Roman Empire was probably one of the best places to live in the ancient world, as long as a civil war wasn't going on. Roads and aqueducts were built, and under Imperial reforms, taxes became less oppressive than in the Late Republican Era. As Tiberius said, "We want to fleece the sheep, not skin them." (Taxes at this point were a flat income tax from anywhere between 1% and 3%, with tariffs and other taxes on a local level.) Sanitation was important and was built into the carefully planned cities. Trade flourished in Thracia, as an important area between the Western and Eastern halves of the Empire. In a few hundred years, the emperor Constantine will build a new capital for the Empire here, the city of Constantinople.