Although we still have to publish the first issue of Ancient History Magazine, we’re already busy with the second one. We have been considering “the Severan age” for some time, and finally decided how to tackle it.
It’s a fascinating period. There’s the spectacular career of the founder of the dynasty, the Libyan senator Lucius Septimius Severus. There’s his sophisticated wife Julia Domna: a Syrian princess surrounded by a circle of mathematicians and scholars. There’s their son Caracalla, who made all freeborn men Roman citizens. And there are the two final emperors, Heliogabalus and Severus Alexander, who are portrayed as a devil and an angel. It’s a great cast.