Septimius Severus in Scotland: The Northern Campaigns of the First Hammer of the Scots'
Septimius Severus was one of the great warrior Emperors. He hacked his way to power in AD 193 and fought off all challengers before embarking on successful wars of conquest in the east and Africa. Yet Severus, born in the blistering heat of a North African summer to one of the richest families in the Empire, died in the freezing cold of a Yorkshire winter in February AD 211 in the wild west of the Roman Empire. Why? His enormous, 57,000 men strong, attempts in AD 209 and AD 210 to achieve what no Emperor had done before. Conquer Scotland. And though he failed, his most infamous genocidal order still resonates today. Kill everybody.
Dr Simon Elliott
Simon Elliott is an archaeologist and historian specialising in Roman Britain and the Roman military. His PhD, at the University of Kent, focused on the presence of the latter in the south east of Britain during the Roman occupation. He has an MA in War Studies from KCL and an MA in Archaeology from UCL. Simon is well published, with his most recent book being called Septimius Severus in Scotland: the Northern Campaigns of the First Hammer of the Scots. This was published at the end of February by Greenhill Books. His first book, Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain, was published by the History Press in 2016 and won the Military History Monthly Book of the Year award in 2017. Meanwhile his second book, Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire, was published by Oxbow Books in 2017. He is a Trustee of the Council of British Archaeology, an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent.