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The Roman Empire was once a strong and unified nation There were many occurrences that contributed to this state of being as well as many competent and able men that contributed their influence and experience However the empire cycles through many changes which include glorious triumphs and periodic downward slides This short rendering of historical information will show the reader the many and varied states the empire cycled through during the times of Roman peace through the death of Theodosius The period of the Pax Romana was a time of security booming economy and great cultural strides for the citizens of Rome As a matter of fact the time period of the Pax Romana 96-180 has been dubbed The Five Good Emperors McKay Hill Buckler 153 due to the competent management and rule of the Roman Empire by Nerva Trajan Hadrian Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius In 180 Marcus Aurelius gives the office to Commodus who rules from 180 to 192 Although he was well known for his fighting in the arena against exotic wild beasts and awesomely strong and skilled gladiators Commodus wasnt particularly suited to rule Due to this he had numerous conflicts with the Army There was however a certain military General that believed he could do a better job at ruling than Commodus His name was Septimius Severus He came from North Africa and was a well known and powerful military General He assassinated Commodus in 192 and went on to create his own Dynasty which will span the years from 193 until 235 Septimius was instrumental in causing the Army to pervade every area of the Roman citizen life including social political and economic sanctions and daily activity He was also responsible for recruiting copious amounts of Barbarians to serve in the Army These Barbarians had no ties to Rome except the Army and so they served for money not loyalty Of course these men had loyalty for their General
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