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The Severans: The Roman Empire Transformed

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The Severans analyses the colourful decline of the Roman Empire during the reign of the Severans, the first non-Italian dynasty. In his learned and exciting style, Michael Grant describes the foreign wars waged against the Alemanni and the Persians, and the remarkable personalities of the imperial family. Thus the reader encounters Julia Domna's alleged literary circle, or ...more
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published September 20th 1996 by Routledge (first published 1996)
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This is a very short survey of the Severan emperors, great for readers looking for a brief overview. The author does an excellent job of situating the dynasty into broader Roman history. This is also a useful supplement for readers looking to remedy the inadequacies of the Historia Augusta. Readers should also see Anthony Birley's biography of Septimius Severus for a more in-depth look at the Year of the Five Emperors and the beginning of the Severan dynasty.

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A companion piece to Collapse & Recovery of the Roman Empire tracing the history of the Severance Dynasty, with an emphasis on it's founder Septimius Severus
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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