EMPEROR ALEXANDER SEVERUS: ROME’S AGE OF INSURRECTION, AD222-235
335pp., 20 illus. 2017. Alexander Severus’ is full of controversy and contradictions. He came to the throne through the brutal murder of his cousin, Elagabalus, and was ultimately assassinated himself. The years between were filled with regular uprisings and rebellions, court intrigue (the Praetorian Guard slew their commander at the Emperor’s feet) and foreign invasion.