York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus 1,800 years on

posted 9 Dec 2010, 10:13 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 25 Jan 2011, 05:17 ]
Contemporary arts will combine with the ancient history of Roman York during February, to mark 1,800 years since the death of Septimius Severus, the African Emperor. The ruthless Severus died in York on 4 February 211AD after ruling the whole Roman Empire from the city for three years.

Artefacts from the British Museum will also be shown alongside those in the Yorkshire Museum’s collection from the time of Severus. This will include impressive busts of the emperor and his son, Caracalla, who was proclaimed Emperor in York after the death of his father. A replica of the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome will also be built inside the museum.

To mark the anniversary, the Yorkshire Museum is working in partnership with arts groups and young people from across Yorkshire to hold Severus inspired events, as well as holding talks by leading Roman experts, object handling and fun half-term events.

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