Septimius Severus was the remaining emperor of a bloody shakeout period
which saw the violent demise of no less than five emperors in less than two
years. A Governor in a sleepy quarter of the Empire, Septimius saw a golden
opportunity after the murder of Pertinax (one of the luckless emperors) and with
the pretense of avenging his murder he recruited an army and advanced towards
Rome. The situation in Rome, meanwhile, was so chaotic that the Senate saw no
way out of it but to save their skin by turning tail and declaring Septimius
emperor in absentia. He would arrive a few days later to restore order to
the city where he was welcomed as a savior. However, any love the Senate had for
him quickly dissipated as he too, like Commodus before him (the last emperor of
durable reign) was to systematically undermine and terrorize its members.
Fortunately for them, Septimius would die a few years later during a campaign
against the Scots in Britain.
AE 21 193--211 A.D.
Obv. AVK.A.CCV(?)TOC: Laureate head right
Rev. (Theta)V(Lambda)II I-CEP(Delta)IK: Thanatos standing right, legs crossed, and