Pertinax  

1 January 193 - 28 March 193



1 January 193 - 28 March 193

Pertinax

Nerva
Pertinax
Musée du Vatican

Previous to the assassination of Commodus, the conspirators had fixed upon a successor. Helvius Pertinax, whose virtue and courage rendered him worthy of the most exalted station, and who had passed through many changes of fortune, was chosen.

Pertinax being carried to the camp, was proclaimed emperor. The citizens pronounced Commodus a parricide, an enemy to the gods, his country, and all mankind. They saluted Pertinax and took the oaths of obedience.

Nothing could exceed the wisdom and justice of this monarch's reign. But the praetorian soldiers, having been long corrupted by the indulgence and profusion of their former monarch, began to hate him for the parsimony and discipline he introduced among them.

They resolved to dethrone him; and in a tumultuous manner marched through the streets of Rome, entered his palace without opposition, where a Tungrian soldier struck him dead. No man ever experienced such a variety of fortunes with so blameless a character. He reigned but three months.

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