Friday, October 14, 2011

Murphysboro Centuries, 3rd secular

Severus Alexander, 222-235 AD
- cousin to Elagabalus - during his reign some soldiers upset with generals because they were too strict ('old-fashioned' discipline) - real powers behind the throne were Julia Maesa (grandmother) and Julia Mamea (mother) - they were tolerant towards Christianity
- military situation was definitely worse - Rome had weakened Parthia (Iran), making it ripe for being overthrown by the nationalistic Persian empire - Severus defeated the Persians, but when he tried to “buy off” the Germans along the Danube, the soldiers deserted him and he and his mother were killed

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