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1 By Peter Baugh, Mac Rechan, and Alex Hawkenberry
The Severan Dynasty 193 CE to 235 CE By Peter Baugh, Mac Rechan, and Alex Hawkenberry A painting of Severan family members called the Severan Tondo Photo from: PB

2 Background Short reigns EMPERORS: Septimius Severus Caracalla Geta
Macrinus Elagabalus Alexander Severus “Caracalla and Geta”. From: PB

3 Septimius severus PB

4 Septimius Severus 193 CE to 211 CE PB
LEFT: FAR LEFT: 193 CE to 211 CE PB

5 Septimius Severus Background
From Leptis Magna in Northern Africa Founded African dynasty of Roman emperors Born in 146 CE, died in 211 CE Fathered Caracalla and Geta PB

6 Septimius Severus as Emperor
Was part of conspiracy of emperor that was killed, leading him to be emperor Revengeful, cruel Gave Asian natives equal rights to Italians PB

7 cont. Didn’t allow conversion to Judaism and Christianity
Restored Hadrian’s Wall Strengthened Roman power in Britain PB

8 Caracalla AH

9 Facts http://lordbest.napoleonicmedals.org/Emperors/caracalla5.jpg AH
-Caracalla created a huge bath complex in downtown Rome itself for the public enjoyment -He placed heavy taxes on particularly the richest families, so as to limit their power as well as to fill his pocket -Re-ignited conflict with the Parthians, after convincing them that he wanted peace by marriage, but instead he murdered the bride and the guests, and began more skirmishes with Parthia -He was of Syrian descent, and was born in Lugdunum, Gaul -After his father, Septimius Severus died, he and his brother Geta were proclaimed co-emperors -Instigated mass persecutions and massacres throughout the empire -Caracalla wanted sole rule, so he had loyal members of the Praetorian guard to kill him, Caracalla massacred Geta's supporters -In order to secure the allegiance of the army, Caracalla raised the annual pay of the common legionary, (he used the extra taxes from the rich) -He was assassinated in Parthia by Julius Martialis, an officer in his personal bodyguard AH

10 Legacy -The greatest legacy of Caracalla would be the baths that he created in Rome, the great piece of architecture would live on after Caracalla's death, and will probably be the greatest reminder of his reign to the Roman people -The fact that he as well as many other proceeding emperors were Syrian gives proof to the fact that Rome was a multi-ethnic empire, with a great diversity of rulers -His continuation of the wars with Parthia had a certain impact on the course of the future of Rome's dominion in the east AH

11 Geta MTR

12 Geta Was emperor from 209-211 CE
Ruled with both his brother, Caracalla, and father (Severus) Helped to defeat the Britains Took a back seat to the throne as an emperor, and had little overall influence Little is truly known about Geta and how he affected the lives of Romans in specific ways MTR

13 Image of Geta MTR

14 Geta’s Conflict with Caracalla
The title of emperor was shared by both Geta and his brother Caracalla The two did not cooperate very well, and lived in constant conflict Eventually, Caracalla had enough, and decided to assassinate Geta in their mother’s arms, thus becoming the sole emperor of Rome Caracalla then proceeded to damn (Damnatio Memoriae in Latin) the memory of Geta, and removed his name from all political inscriptions MTR

15 macrinus PB

16 Background Emperor from 217-218 AD
Neither a Senator or from a Senatorial family PB

17 Reign Became Emperor after his predecessor was murdered
Unable to maintain Roman influence in the East Unpopular Overthrown, killed PB

18 Elagabalus AH

19 Facts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elagabalus AH
-Elagabalus was the 25th emperor of Rome -He was Syrian, which demonstrates the diversity of emperors' ethnic backround -He was a partier, he employed a sort of whoopee cushion at parties -He reigned for a mere four years -He rose to power by gaining support from the 3rd legion, who were persuaded by Elagabalus's mother. The emperor before Elagabalus, named Macrinus sent a force to deal with the 3rd legion, but his force turned on him and joined Elagabalus, after that event, the rest of the legions in the east deserted Macrinus and joined Elagabalus and he assumed the throne. -A rise in sun worship throughout the empire led to him creating a god "deus sol invictus," the god of the undefeated sun -He was extremely promiscuous, often engaged in homosexuality as well as heterosexuality AH

20 Legacy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elagabalus AH
-The reign of Elagabalus will be remembered mainly for sexual scandal and religious controversy -He has one of the worst reputation among Roman emperors -His acts of eccentric behavior, self prostitution, and extreme promiscuousness made him a hated emperor. -His behavior seemed rather strange to senate, the common people, as well as his own bodyguards, known as the Praetorian guard -His bad rulership and strange behavior led to his assassination, planned by his grandmother and cousin, and carried out by his own bodyguards -He died at a mere 18 years of age -Religious controversy between the worship of the new Deus Sol Invictus, and the old gods sparked violence and unrest AH

21 Alexander Severus MTR

22 Alexander Severus General Info.
Was originally born in Syria, an area of the Roman Empire He was adopted by Elagabalus at urging of Julia Maesa Alexander Severus was emperor from CE He was the last emperor of the Severan Dynasty He was described as “pure, but living in an age of corruption” MTR

23 Images of Alexander Severus
MTR

24 Alexander Severus as Emperor
Helped to eventually resist the Persian threat, probably being the most significant event of his reign Saw Abraham and Jesus as the greatest teachers of mankind, and tried to follow their teachings Lowered taxes for Roman citizens However, corruption and instability were the prime results of his reign When the German Wars began, Maximinus ascended to the throne and Severus was killed, as the people grew tired of his policies MTR

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26 "Roman Emperors - DIR Caracalla. " Roman Emperors - DIR Caracalla
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