Of course, that doesn't mean that the Senate thought that the Emperor had actually turned into a god. Or most other educated people, either. And so on this day in 79 A.D., the Emperor Vespasian was on his death bed and felt the end approaching. The historian Suetonius tells us that he said, "I feel myself becoming a god" (Vae, puto deus fio.) That's some quality snark right there, particularly from someone speaking their last words.
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He was succeeded to the Imperial throne by his son Titus, who had the Senate deify his father. Titus, by the way, has left a big architectural imprint on the city of Rome: not only is the arch in his name one of the must-see sights, but he completed and dedicated the Coliseum.