The Son of a Former Slave Who Became the Emperor Of Rome

Rags to riches story of a grammar teacher who became the Roman emperor

Bust of Pertinax
Pertinax by Egisto Sani, Creative Commons license.

In Ancient Rome, your birth determined your destiny. Children of the ruling class rose through the ranks to become consuls, senators, and emperors. Commoners had little chance of upward social mobility.




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Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

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