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XIV. The Troubled Dynasty

A bust of Septimius Severus. More of a warlord than an emperor, Septimius and his successors openly disregarded any matter of state that did not concern the Roman army. This would produce dire long-term consequences.

 

The Severans would be the last imperial family to rule Rome before the chaos of the third century AD, and the changes that followed, would permanently alter the nature of the imperial office itself.

 

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