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Kieren Johns

Kieren Johns
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Kieren is a UK based contributing writer currently studying for a PhD in Classics and Ancient History, investigating the representation and authority of the Severan emperors. He is passionate about sharing his interest in the past with as many people as possible. Away from his research, Kieren is also interested in arts, literature, and travel.

Was Caracalla More than a Bloodthirsty Tyrant? (9 Facts)

  If you were a Roman emperor, and if you happened to take your name from a sartorial choice, the odds are that the judgment...

Emperor Commodus: 7 Facts on the Roman Emperor

  “For our history now descends from one a kingdom of gold, to one of iron and rust.” With this particularly enduring metallurgical metaphor, the...

Marcus Aurelius: Was He The Greatest Roman Emperor?

  By chance (and a sprinkling of confusion) Marcus Aurelius is perhaps the most well-known Roman emperor for visitors to the city today. In the...

Understanding Emperor Hadrian and His Cultural Expansion

  Emperor Hadrian was Trajan's chosen successor during Rome's Golden Age. The period of history between the reign of Trajan and the death of Marcus...

Antoninus Pius: Roman Emperor of Peace and Piety (8 Facts)

  Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, better known to history as the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius, was something of a Roman anomaly. The history...

Emperor Trajan: Optimus Princeps And Builder Of An Empire

  Amidst the turbulences of imperial politics, the interminable religious debates, and the brutalities of war in the fourth century, the Roman senate occasionally looked...

Roman Emperor Vespasian Restores Order To The Empire

  “The empire, which for a long time had been unsettled and, as it were, drifting… was at last taken in hand and given stability." So...

Septimius Severus: Rome’s First African Emperor

  “I must not allow the Roman empire to lie helpless” declared Septimius Severus in AD 193, rousing the Pannonian legions for their march on...

Damnatio Memoriae: Destruction and Disgrace in Antiquity

  “They hurled down, beat down, and dragged down all his images, as though they were thereby treating the man himself…” Such was the fate...

Elagabalus: Emperor of Opposites Explained

Few emperors enjoy and endure quite as diverse a legacy as Elagabalus, who ruled from AD 218 to 222. Cut down along with his...