Pertinax

Reece Period attributed: Period 10

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Member of the 193-197 dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 193 until .

Pertinax was born AD 126. After the murder of Commodus, Laetus and Eclectus persuaded Pertinax to become Emperor. He bought the support of the Praetorian Guard and was affirmed by the Senate, but tried to institute too many reforms in too short a time.

The Senate and people of Rome were delighted as Pertinax accused the imperial freedmen of embezzlement and sought to curb the excesses of the Praetorian guard, but he alienated these key constituencies by his actions. After only 87 days of rule, Pertinax was killed by a herd of soldiers who stormed the palace.

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  • Preferred label: Pertinax
  • Full names:
    • Publius Helvius Pertinax (from birth to accession);
    • Pertinax
    • Caesar Publius Helvius Pertinax Augustus (as emperor)
  • Title: Consul of the Roman Empire, with Commodus VII
  • Predecessor: Commodus
  • Successor: Didius Julianus
  • Definition: Pertinax (Latin: Publius Helvius Pertinax Augustus; 1 August 126 – 28 March 193) was Roman Emperor for the first three months of 193. Successor to the assassinated Commodus, he was the first to serve as emperor during the tumultuous Year of the Five Emperors. Born the son of a freed slave, Pertinax originally worked as a teacher before becoming an officer in the army. He fought in the war with the Parthians during the 160s, and success there led to higher-ranking positions in both the military and political spheres, including provincial governor and urban prefect. He was also a member of the Roman Senate, where he was a contemporary of the historian Cassius Dio. Following the death of Commodus, Pertinax was acclaimed emperor. He attempted to institute several reform measures, although the short length of his time as emperor prevented the success of those attempts. One of those reforms, the restoration of discipline among the Praetorian Guards, led to conflict that eventually culminated in Pertinax's murder by the Guard. After his death, the Praetorians auctioned off the imperial title, which was won by the wealthy senator Didius Julianus, whose reign would last sixty-six days. Pertinax would be deified by the successor of Julianus, Septimius Severus. His historical reputation has largely been a positive one, following the assessment of Dio.
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  • Birth place: Alba, Italy, Italia (Roman Empire)
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  • Other title(s):
    • Consul of the Roman Empire
    • Roman governors of Britain
    • List of Roman Emperors
    • with Commodus VII
  • Came After:
    • Quintus Pompeius Sosius Falco and Gaius Julius Erucius Clarus Vibianus
    • Unknown, then Decimus Clodius Albinus
    • Didius Julianus
  • Came before:
    • Commodus VI and Marcus Petronius Sura Septimianus
    • Ulpius Marcellus
    • Commodus
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