The son of P. Septimus Severus Geta and Fulvia Pia, Lucius Septimus Severus was born on April 11, 145 AD. At the time of his birth two relatives sat in the Senate. With influential relatives such as these Septimus Severus and his brother both joined the Senatorial ranks during the rule of Marcus Aurelius. Septimus Severus married his second wife, the beautiful Julia Domna in 187 AD. Two sons, Caracalla and Geta, were born in 188 and 189 AD. Septimus Severus’ career advanced quickly, until in 193 AD his legion, discouraged and disgusted by the elevation to the throne of Didios Julianus, declared him emperor. Severus then marched on Rome and easily defeated Julianus. Through the winning of additional battles and wise political moves Severus was able to secure is position as emperor. After a vigorous campaign in Great Britain (which included the restoration of Hadrian’s Wall) he fell ill at the fortress of Eboracum (York) and died in the early part of 211 AD.