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On this day in 222AD Severus Alexander became emperor of Rome

On 14th of March 222 Severus Alexander became emperor at the tender age of just thirteen, making him the second youngest Emperor in Rome’s history.

On this day in 222AD Elagabalus, the most luxurious emperor of Rome, was murdered

Still only aged 18 and manoeuvered into power by the powerful women in his life, Elagabalus’ life was ended 1793 years ago today.

1877 years ago today: Hadrian adopted Pius on the proviso Pius adopted Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus…

Today marks the anniversary of the adoption of Antoninus Pius by the emperor Hadrian, on condition that Pius adopted both Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.

1899 years ago today: Trajan was awarded the title Parthicus

Emperor Trajan, or Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus, was born on September 18th AD 56 to Marcia and Marcus Ulpius Traianus, a prominent senator and general. Trajan acceded to the emperorship in AD 98, reigning until his death in AD 117. He fought in Germania and proved to be a gifted general under the reign of Nerva.

1771 years ago today: Roman emperor Gordian III died aged just 19

On February 11th 244 the boy-emperor Gordian III died in mysterious circumstances aged just nineteen. He was the youngest person to accede to unshared power in the history of the Roman empire.

1653 years ago today: the last Pagan emperor entered Constantinople

On the 11th December 361, the last pagan emperor Julian II (also known as Julian the Apostate) entered Constantinople as the sole ruler of the Roman Empire.