The African Emperor

The African Emperor : Septimius Severus

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Septimus Severus was descended from Phoenician settlers in Tripolitania, North Africa and was emperor of Rome AD 193-211. Using archaeological discoveries from the 1960s onwards, together with literary sources, the author shows how "African" and "Roman" this man was and explores the meaning of his background and career. Birley begins by examining Severus' origins and rise to power, before going on to consider his military victories in Mesopotamia, Syria and Arabia which annexed more territory for Rome. Birley also looks at his time in Britain, where he saught to conquer Caledonia and was to die at York. Anthony Birley is author of "The People of Roman Britain", "Life in Roman Britain" and "Marcus Aurelius: A Biography".show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 164 x 240 x 36mm | 762.03g
  • Batsford Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0713456949
  • 9780713456943

Table of contents

The emperor; Lepcis Magna - from free state to colonia; life in Roman Tripolitania; the broad stripe; into the emperor's service; a caesar born to the purple; the great marshall; Julia Domna; the conspirators; the year 193; the war against Niger; the war against Albinus; Parthia and Egypt; return to Africa; the year in Italy; expeditio felicissima Brittannica; aftermath and more