Wednesday, March 28, 2012

When in ancient Rome...mind your head

On this day in 193 – Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated after serving only three months on the throne.  He was killed by the Praetorian Guards (his own bodyguards) who then sold the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

Unfortunately, Julianus lasted only three months before he was killed and Septimius Severus took the throne.  As his first act, Severus wisely dismantled the Praetorian Guards and killed those who assassinated Pertinax.

While exciting as the year 193 was, it doesn’t hold a candle to the year 69, which was labeled The Year of Four Emperors.

     The Historical Inebriant:  Mulsum

  • 1 Cup clear Honey
  • 1 Bottle medium dry white wine

Warm 1/2 cup clear honey and add it to a bottle of medium-dry white wine.  Chill before serving.

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