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On this day in 195 Julia Domna was awarded the title mater castrorum

Who was this woman, and what is the significance of her title?

On this day the Roman emperor Septimius Severus was born

Lucius Septimius Severus was born on 11 April, AD 145 or 146, in Leptis Magna in modern day Libya, the first emperor to be born in Africa.

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.

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.

2064 years ago today: Caesar crossed the Rubicon

On this day, the tenth of January in 49 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon and precipitated the final crisis of the Roman Republic. Tracing the roots of this momentous decision requires us to go back eleven years to 60 BC.

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.