Editor says, what if Rome reverted to a Republic after the death of Commodus? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Pertinax was named emperor. His reign was only 86 days, mostly spent attempting to push reforms against antagonists looking toward their own advantages and selling Commodus's possessions in an attempt to balance the strained imperial budget. The Praetorian Guard, having received only half their pay, rushed the palace in March. Pertinax attempted to persuade them to be patient, but a soldier slew him, and the tumultuous Year of the Five Emperors began, nearly bringing down the Roman Empire before Septimus Serevus established his dynasty that would maintain order for another forty years. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.