Birley, Anthony R. Septimus Severus: The African Emperor

Birley, Anthony R. Septimus Severus: The African Emperor

Regular price
Sold out
Sale price
$17.50
Unit price
per 
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Birley, Anthony R. Septimus Severus: The African Emperor. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989. ISBN: 9780300044676. [7362]

Blue cloth, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches, binding & dust jacket fine, text is clean, xi., 291 pp. Original price sticker on back panel of dj. Very good in very good dust-jacket. Hardcover.

"This lucid and elegant work remains the best history of the reign of Septimus, not only in English but in any language." - Colin M. Wells, Trinity University.

"In this, the only biography of Septimius Severus in English, Anthony R. Birley explores how 'Roman' or otherwise this man was and examines his remarkable background and career.

"Severus was descended from Phoenician settlers in Tripolitania, and his reign, AD 193-211, represents a key point in Roman history. Birley explores what was African and what was Roman in Septimius' background, given that he came from an African city. He asks whether Septimius was a 'typical cosmopolitan bureaucrat', a 'new Hannibal on the throne of Caesar' or 'principle author of the decline of the Roman Empire'?" - publisher.