Episode LXXXVIII – Severan Stories II


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Three completely different events in the reign of Septimius Severus.

Act I – If you build it they will come

Septimius Severus was establishing a dynasty, and one of the best ways to do that is through building. Not only did you get to beautify the empire, but it gives the opportunity to list your names and accomplishments for all to see

Act II - The superfluous senators of Septimius Severus

Many Roman emperors were harsh towards the senators, and Septimius Severus in particular was adept at thinning the ranks and getting rid of perceived threats. This continued throughout his reign.

Act III - I beg of no man

There will always be dissatisfaction in the empire, but every now and then a figure will rise from the lower classes, so to speak, and rally some men around him. This happened during the reign of Septimius Severus, when an individual known as Bulla the Brigand started causing trouble in the empire.

Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Roman History, Macquarie University).

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