Today’s History Lesson

It was the murder of the Emperor Severus Alexander by his mutinous troops that kicked off the Crisis of the Third Century. Subsequent rulers — commoners with army commands who briefly seized the purple — were known as “barracks emperors.”

The fact that a mental patient was just installed at bayonet point in the imperial capital has nothing whatsoever to do with reminding me of that obscure bit of Roman history, I’m sure.


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