Don McCullin

Don McCullin is one of the most acclaimed photographers of conflicts and emergencies around the world. In 2017 he was knighted, and in 2019 the Tate Britain gallery mounted a retrospective exhibit. Recently he has pursued landscapes, still life and travel, which have come together in ongoing work on the fringes of the Roman Empire, including Southern Frontiers (2010), with Barnaby Rogerson.

Articles by Don McCullin

The Emperor from Africa

The Emperor from Africa

One of two sons of a wealthy, politically ambitious, olive-farming family, Septimius Severus grew up in Leptis Magna, along what is now the coast of Libya, in the second century ce. At first not the most promising of teenage scions, he matured to take high command posts on the Danube frontier and, at 48, became the Roman Empire’s first emperor born on the African continent. Over his 18-year reign, he rarely sat on a throne in Rome, preferring travel with the legions to frontiers and far reaches where his efforts expanded the empire to its greatest extent and left legacies in law and architecture that endure today.

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