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Septimius Severus

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus

Full Name: Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus
Profession: Roman Emperor

Nationality: Roman

Why Famous: Roman Emperor from 193 AD to 211 AD.

Septimius Severus seized power after the death of Emperor Pertinax in 193 AD during the Year of the Five Emperors.

He went on to conquer all of Mesopotamia and made the farthest forays into England, conquering almost the entire island.

Under his reign, the Roman Empire was the largest it would ever be.

Born: April 11, 146
Birthplace: Leptis Magna (present-day Khoms, Libya), Roman Empire
Star Sign: Aries

Died: February 4, 211 (aged 64)

Events in the Life of Septimius Severus

  • 0193-04-09 Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum
  • 0197-02-19 Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon
  • 0211-02-04 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta

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