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Roman Empire, Septimius Severus, Aureus

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Roman Empire, Septimius Severus, Aureus (obverse) Roman Empire, Septimius Severus, Aureus (reverse)

Septimius Severus (193-211) was the first Roman Emperor from North Africa. He founded the short-lived Severan dynasty (until 235), which brought an upswing of Roman power once again.

The time of the Severans and specially the reign of Septimius Severus can be seen 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.

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