Septimius Severus (193-211) was the first Roman Emperor from North Africa. He could never hide his origins, for he never lost his typical North African accent. Septimius Severus founded the short-lived Severan dynasty (until 235), which brought another upswing of Roman power. The time of the Severans – and specially the reign of Septimius Severus – can be considered as a changeover between two epochs. The stability of the second century AD ended and the precarious third century began. Economy, culture and religion got in a state of flux during that time, which made the notion of transition even more palpable.