Anthony Birley

In the second century A.D. North Africa played an important role in imperial Roman life

The Severan Tondo, c. 199, Severus, Julia Domna, Caracalla and Geta, whose face is erased.

Anthony Birley describes how Septimius grappled manfully with the problem of governing that great monster, the Roman Empire.

Under the far-sighted rule of the Five Good Emperors, writes Anthony Birley, the Roman world enjoyed a period of unexampled prosperity and peace.