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On this day in AD 193 the Roman emperor Pertinax was assassinated at Rome

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 …

On this day in AD 101 the Roman emperor Trajan set out from Rome against the Dacians

Text by Michael Wuk Since the final days of the Republic, the Dacians had been perceived as a potential threat by Rome, and consequently they had been the focus of a number of military campaigns. According to Suetonius, Julius Caesar planned to subdue the Getae, as the Dacians were also known, and Augustus sent out …

On this day in AD 161, the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius died

Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Antoninus was born on 19 September, 86 on the family estate at Lanuvium, in Italy. However, his family came originally from Nemausus (modern-day Nîmes) in the province of Transalpine Gaul.