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Publius Helvius Pertinax (, PER-tin-ax; 1 August 126 – 28 March 193) was Roman emperor for the first three months of 193. He succeeded Commodus to become the first emperor during the tumultuous Year of the Five Emperors. Born the son of a freed slave, Pertinax became an officer in the army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pertinax has received more than 2,675,051 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Pertinax is the 542nd most popular politician (down from 443rd in 2019), the 270th most popular biography from Italy (down from 205th in 2019) and the 40th most popular Italian Politician.

Pertinax is most famous for being the first emperor of Rome to be killed by a mob.

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Among politicians, Pertinax ranks 542 out of 19,576Before him are Agrippina the Younger, Ertuğrul, Theodosius II, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Abd al-Rahman III, and Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. After him are Franz von Papen, John II of France, Charles the Simple, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Abdulmejid II, and Emperor Wu of Han.

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Among people born in 126, Pertinax ranks 1 Among people deceased in 193, Pertinax ranks 1After him are Didius Julianus, Xiao He, Marcia, Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus, and Manlia Scantilla.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Pertinax ranks 270 out of 5,161Before him are Giuseppe Meazza (1910), Pope John XVIII (970), Pope Marcellus I (255), Benvenuto Cellini (1500), Umberto II of Italy (1904), and Pope Honorius II (1100). After him are Pope Lucius III (1110), Juvenal (50), Pope Siricius (334), Canaletto (1697), Pietro Perugino (1446), and Pope Innocent II (1100).


Among politicians born in Italy, Pertinax ranks 40Before him are Pompey (-106), Servius Tullius (-600), Otho (32), Giuseppe Mazzini (1805), Lucius Verus (130), and Umberto II of Italy (1904). After him are Lucius Tarquinius Priscus (-700), Valentinian III (419), Didius Julianus (133), Umberto I of Italy (1844), Charles IV of Spain (1748), and Maxentius (278).