January 30, 133

Caesar Marcus Didius Severus Julianus was born 1,878 years ago today. He was born to Quintus Petronius Didius Severus, the son of a prominent family in Milan, and Aemilia Clara, an African woman of Roman descent. After the previous Ceasar was killed, the assassin said he would sell the throne to the man who paid the highest price. He won (against the assassined’s father-in-law) at the price of 25,000 sesterces per soldier. And although the Senate didn’t support him at first, they later gave their support when they were threatened by the army. He was not supported by the people and whenever he appeared in public he was saluted with groans, deprecations and shouts of robber and parracide. So after only 3 months of reigning, the army (since they had already gotten the money) turned against him in favor of the general Sextus Cornelius Repentinus. He was executed and his last words were “But what evil have I done? Whom have I killed?” His body was given to his wife, Manlia Scantilla, and his daughter, Didia Clara.

Now, all I’m wondering is why the guys got long names and the girls only got short little names?


P.S. If I ever have an Amelia, I am definitely spelling her name Aemilia.


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