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Emperors and Usurpers: An Historical Commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman History

Andrew G. Scott


This historical commentary examines books 79(78)–80(80) of Cassius Dio’s Roman History, which cover the period from the death of Caracalla in 217 B.C. to the reign of Severus Alexander and Cassius Dio’s retirement from political life in A.D. 229 Cassius Dio, a Roman senator, provides a valuable eyewitness account of this turbulent period, which was marked by the assassination of Caracalla; the rise of Macrinus, Rome’s first equestrian emperor, and his subsequent overthrow; the tempestuous, and by all accounts peculiar, reign of Elagabalus; and the continuation of the Severan dynasty under the ... More

Keywords: Cassius Dio, Severan dynasty, Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus, Severus Alexander, Julia Domna, Roman historiography, Greek historiography

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190879594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190879594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew G. Scott, author
Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, Villanova University

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