March 28, 193

On March 28, 193, the Praetorian Guard murdered the Roman emperor, Pertinax. Why did they murder him? Two reasons. First, they were corrupt and had been promised a hefty payment after the death of Commodus. Second, Pertinax was ex-military and was in the process of installing some much needed discipline in the Praetorian Guard, and the Praetorian Guard was corrupt and lazy. So the Praetorians assassinated him after only three months as being emperor and immediately put the throne up for auction. Didius Julianus won it with a winning bid of 25,000 sesterces to every Praetorian Guard. He wasn’t able to keep it, but that is a story for another day.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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