Septimius Severus: First African Ruler of Rome

There has been a lot of debates about Septimius and if he had any ancestral ties to Saharan Africans.

The birth of Septimius Severus in 145 A.D. is celebrated on this date. He was a North African General and Ruler of the Roman Empire.

From Leptis Magna in Tripolitinia, near the modern day city of Al Khums in Libya, Some scholars claim that he was a Berber, and others claim that he was Punic. Severus reigned as emperor from 193 to 211. His father was Publius Septimus Geta and his mother was Fulvia Pia. Both his mother and father descended from members of successful equestrian families who had strong political ties. Little is known about his early background or career, but Severus became quaestor of Rome around 169 A.D. Shortly after becoming quaestor he married Paccia Marciana his first wife of 10 years, she was African as well; a few years later she died, childless. After her death he married Julia Domna, from a prominent Syrian family. They had two sons, who later became Caesars themselves.

Septimus severus wasn’t black you clown.  he was of a Roman equestrian family (noble) from Libya his mother was Ethnic Italian/Roman and his father was Punic, a western Semitic speaking people with mixed heritage. (Phoenicians and Amazigh/Berber) Punics looked like the average semitic people (Arabs, Berbers, Jews)  none of these people are black.

Just because a person is from North Africa doesn’t make that person black. The Dynasty that followed was even more mixed. E.g. The wife of Semptimus Severus was Syrian, so his sons were Italian/Punic/Syrian. NO ONE in the Severus Dynasty that followed was black African.

You people need to get the fuck over your slave mentality, the only idiots who believe shit like this are African Americans (without proper education)

PS. I am not European, Italian, Arab, Semitic, Syrian, or related to ANY of these people. These are simply FACTS. Unless you can provide facts that prove otherwise don’t make such retarded claims.

By 3choBlaster

From my point of view and looking at the evidence, I don’t know. What I do know though is Berbers were Saharan African desert nomads who created a culture/dynasty that dominated all of North Africa and Southern Europe. What I do know is Semitic people can be East Africans, and if Septimius was also a person from Berber/Punic ancestry/ethnicty, then part of his ancestry would be Saharan African.

Semitic Definition:

relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family.

Semitic People:

  1. Person speaking one of a group of related languages, presumably derived from a common language, Semitic (see Semitic languages). The term came to include Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews.
    (Languages) a branch or subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages that includes Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic, and such ancient languages as Akkadian and Phoenician
    A member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.
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  1. Very interesting post.
    Have you seen the article by Mary Beard (one of my professors at Uni) on the “whitening” of Septimium Severus?–.html

    It casts some of the comments here in a new light, and proves this is still going on!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Latti Ice

       /  October 29, 2014

      Thanks for the article, and I’ve notice it is common place to do so to historical figures of African descent.



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