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Pertinax - Emperor of Rome, Successor to Commodus

Pertinax - Emperor of Rome, Successor to Commodus Visual Arts Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Social Studies World History

Image of a bust of the Roman emperor Pertinax.  He succeeded Commodus after the son of Marcus Aurelius was murdered.

Before Commodus' death, and despite humble beginnings, Pertinax had a very successful career.  Among his other high-level positions, he had served as Counsel in Rome's richest province (Africa). 

It is not clear whether Pertinax was part of the plot against Commodus, but he came to power as "Caesar" in the coup d'etat which toppled Commodus.

Eighty-six days after he became Emperor, Pertinax was also killed (on March 28, 193).


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