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Julia Maesa and the later Severan dynasty – history of Rome

By |2018-04-07T17:04:33+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Severan dynasty: The Roman emperor Septimius Severus and his family The Severan dynasty: Caracalla and Geta Septimius Severus died in 211 AD, and he left the Roman Empire to his two sons, Caracalla and Geta. His last advice to them was to take care of the army, and never mind anybody else. But [...]

Commodus to Alexander Severus – the Roman Empire

By |2018-04-25T10:08:45+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History|

The Roman emperor Commodus, Marcus Aurelius' son Commodus becomes emperor Marcus Aurelius, unlike the other Good Emperors, had a son. His son's name was Commodus, and when Marcus Aurelius died in 180 AD Commodus took over the Roman Empire. But Commodus, like the later Julio-Claudians or like Domitian, had grown up at court, and liked partying more than [...]

Arch of Septimius Severus – Roman art

By |2018-04-25T08:58:48+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Septimius Severus. You can see the Roman Senate in the background. Septimius Severus was a Roman emperor about 200 AD who decided to put up a stone triumphal arch in the Roman forum in order to remind people about his military victories over the Parthians east of Rome. In this picture, you can see the Roman Senate House in [...]

Basil, Zoe, and the Armenian Dynasty

By |2017-08-01T16:42:13+00:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

Basil I (867-886 AD) Basil killed Bardas and took over as Roman Emperor in 867 AD. That started the Armenian Dynasty. People call it that because of Basil's Armenian ancestors. (Sometimes people call it the Macedonian Dynasty because Basil was born in Macedon.) Basil continued basically the same policies as Bardas had. He was nice to the Bulgars [...]