Emperor Alexander Severus

bust of Emperor Alexander Severus, date unknown, artist unknown; Louvre, Paris; photograph by BlaiseMuhaddib; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsProfile

Roman emperor from 222 to 235. He succeeded his cousin, Elagabalus, to the imperial throne. Origen was invited by his mother, Mammma, to Antioch as his tutor. Severns respected Christianity and granted tolerance though there was some anti-Christian legislation in his reign. He was a disciple of “syncretism,” uniting together against a common enemy, and strove to establish order and moral decency at Rome. He was murdered by his mutinous soldiers.



  • murdered in 235 at Sicula on the Rhine

Profiled Saints Martyred by Alexander Severus

MLA Citation

  • “Emperor Alexander Severus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2016. Web. 23 July 2021. <>