Septimius took the throne by military force—a decision that made him overwhelmingly unpopular with the Senate. During his rule, he increased the size of the military and the wages of soldiers. During his reign, the Roman Empire reached its greatest size, stretching from Britain to Red Sea. To learn more about life in the Roman Army, see Resource #1.
Working from the legacy of the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Romans built masterful pieces of engineering. Arches and domes became common in public buildings, aqueducts carried water all over the Empire, and the use of concrete allowed for an increase in architectural flexibility. To learn about one of the greatest feats in Roman architecture, the Colosseum, see Resource #2.
Septimius Severus Activity Guide