🎧 Pertinax. Son of a Slave to Emperor of Rome.
Ancient • 40m
The son of a former slave, Pertinax was the Roman Emperor who proved that no matter how lowly your birth, you could rise to the very top through hard work, grit and determination.This previously untold story brings a fascinating and important figure out of the shadows. A self made everyman, a man of principle and ambition, a role model respected by his contemporaries who styled himself on his philosophizing predecessor and sometime champion Marcus Aurelius, Pertinax's remarkable story offers a unique and panoramic insight into the late 2nd century AD Principate Empire. In this episode, Dan is joined by historian, archaeologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent Simon Elliot to explore Pertinax's extraordinary biography.
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