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Soldiers on Palatine Hill[edit]

Pertinax was not murdered by a mere uprising of soldiers on the Palatine hill, he was murdered by the Praetorian's was he not? From all the histories I have been able to observe, including modern accounts such as those from Gibbons, Pertinax was not simply executed by a mob of soldiers, but targeted from within the Praetorian ranks. Should not his box be changed to reflect the fact that he was murdered by the Praetorian Guard?

Change in Wording[edit]

I have slightly changed the wording of the events of March 193, and added some detail. Anthony.bradbury 12:10, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

Fictional version of Pertinax[edit]

Should there be some mention made of the role played by Pertinax in an alternate history novel, Romanitas? In this, he survives assasination, and goes on to carry out many important reforms. WikiReaderer 21:48, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Duration of Reign[edit]

The article first states "[h]e was emperor for only 87 days" and later states "[h]is short reign (86 days) was an uneasy one". Gibbon has it as "86 days only after the death of Commodus", which would seem to possibly be 24 hour units rather than calendar days, as Commodus seems to have been killed near midnight and Pertinax was killed near noon. But the article should pick one. 21:51, 12 November 2007 (UTC)


Is that a Gorgoneion depicted on Pertinax' breastplate? --Steerpike (talk) 16:35, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

Ethnic origin[edit]

  • Hello i wonder to ask about his ethnic origin, we know he was from Italy, but son of one freedman, so was his father of italian origin too? Or any slave from any other part of empire? Do we know it? Thanks-- (talk) 19:23, 26 March 2011 (UTC)


The article says "He devalued the Roman currency dramatically, increasing the silver purity of the denarius from 74% to 87% — the actual silver weight increasing from 2.22 grams to 2.75 grams." But isn't this wrong? If he increased the purity of the silver coin, isn't that the exact opposite of devaluing? Leecharleswalker (talk) 21:55, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you, my mistake. cagliost (talk) 16:51, 18 February 2015 (UTC)