October 13, 2016
Tradition holds the Praetorian guard made him emperor when they found him quivering behind a curtain, reasoning that he wouldn’t be too ruthless in power.
August 24, 2016
On the day that an earthquake rocks central Italy, two thousand years ago Vesuvius shattered countless ancient lives.
June 26, 2016
Tiberius was very much Augustus’ reserve choice for the succession…
March 28, 2016
Text by Benedict Segal Publius Helvius Pertinax was born at Alba Pompeia in Liguria on 1 August, 126 the son of Helvius Successus, a man of humble origins who may have been a freedman. His mother’s identity is unknown. Pertinax received a basic Roman education, which led him initially to become a teacher before joining …
January 24, 2016
Mad, bad and dangerous to know?
December 31, 2015
The emperor was strangled in his bath by Narcissus, a wrestler who was tasked with the deed by a small group of conspirators.
December 24, 2015
Galba was born into an ancient and noble family, the Sulpicii, at a country villa near the town of Tarracina (around 50 miles southeast of Rome).
December 3, 2015
We are told that it ended in insanity
November 20, 2015
Before becoming emperor, Diocles (for this seems to have been his birth name) had been a successful leader in the military field.