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Septimius Severus: The African Emperor (Anthony R Birley) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1999) 9780415165914

Title: Septimius Severus: The African Emperor

Author: Birley, Anthony R

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415165914

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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Septimius Severus, the African Emperor, was descended from Phoenician settlers in Tripolitania, and his reign, from A.D. 193-211, represents a turning point in Roman history. In his illuminating biography, Anthony R. Birley explores how "Roman" this man was and examines his remarkable background and career.

Given that Septimius came from Lepcis Magna, an African city that prospered under Roman rule, Birley first explores what was African and what was Roman in his background. Birley then considers Septimius' career as a Roman Senator in the age of the Antonines, including his second marriage to Julia Domna which led to a conspiracy to overthrow the deranged emperor Commodus and the dramatic civil wars of 193-197. Finally, the reign of the victorious Septimius is well detailed.

Well-illustrated and engaging, this biography reveals the multifaceted and sometimes conflicting character of an enigmatic and complex emperor.


"In this excellent book, [Septimius Severus] is rehabilitated as an able if ruthless leader and a remarkable man."--The Independent

"A Surprisingly rich picture of the emperor's times."--Ramsey Macmillan, Ancient History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations,


1. The Emoria,

2. Lepcis Magna: From Free State to Colonia,

3. Life in Roman Tripolitania,

4. The Broad stripe,

5. Into the Emperor's Service,

6. A Caesar Born to the Purple,

7. The Great Marshall,

8. Julia Domna,

9. The Conspirators,

10. The Year 193,

11. The War Against Niger,

12. The War Against Albinus,

13. Parthia and Egypt,

14. Return to Africa,

15. The Years in Italy,

16. Expiditio Felicissima Brittanica,

17. Aftermath and Assessment.
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