INDVLGENTIA AVGG IN CARTH. Septimius Severus and Africa.

December 20, 2016

One of the most popular issues of Septimius Severus, which implies an optimum combination of numismatic attractive and relative abundance - at least as far as denarius refers - is the one that carries the reverse INDVLGENTIA AVGG IN CARTH. We will dedicate this post to know it a little more.


In 197 AD, the Roman legions, headed by their emperor, the african Septimius Severus, crowned a successful campaign against the parthian empire with the capture and sacking of the enemy capital, Ctesifonte. Thanks to this great victory the Roman Empire regained control of the mesopotamian area, which had been very disputed since its first capture by Rome, in Trajan's time, eighty years ago.


Concluded the fighting, Septimius Severus would provisionally set aside the armor and would engage in extensive administrative work aimed at reorganizing the entire Roman East, which, of course, included framing the new Mesopotamian province within this political-economic framework. Four long years passed thus, at the end of which the emperor considered that his work had ended in Asia and decided to move to Egypt. It was in the early months of 202 when Septimius Severus entered the great city of Alexandria: the principal city of Roman Egypt and the second city of the time, only surpassed by Rome in number of inhabitants.