CLST401E

The Severan Emperors. The Severan dynasty lasted for over forty years and provided a time of reasonable stability before the crisis of the later third century. This course will study this significant but often overlooked period of Roman history through an examination of the reigns of Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Elagabalus, and Alexander Severus. We will consider the imperial ideology of these emperors as well as the political, social, and cultural developments that took place during their reigns. A variety of sources will be consulted such as the literary, numismatic, epigraphic, and archaeological record. Students will develop the skills required to evaluate and utilise these source materials and to present their research.