Unformatted text preview: Vespasian - Roman Emperor 69-70 CE. Great general, strong leader. With him began a progression of successful emperors and the resulting peaceful Roman world that lasted up to the 140s CE. Commodius - Successor as Emperor to Marcus Aurelius, 180-192. A failure as leader, interested only in enjoyment. Eventually murdered by Palace guards. Laetus - Head, or Prefect, of the Praetorian Guard, he was responsible for the murder of Commodius in 392. He then set up Pertinax as Emperor, whom he also killed when the latter began reforms threatening the Praetorians' prerogatives (193). Helvius Pertinax - Close adviser to Marcus Aurelius, he was tapped as Emperor by the Praetorian Guard upon Commodius' murder. In his three months as Emperor before he also was murdered, Pertinax tried to reform state finances, administration, and terms of military service. murdered, Pertinax tried to reform state finances, administration, and terms of military service....
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- Septimius Severus, Praetorian guard