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Roman Emperor Caracalla

Full Name: Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus
Profession: Roman Emperor

Roman Empire

Biography: Roman emperor of Punic and Syrian descent from 198 to 217. He is remembered as one of the most notorious and unpleasant of emperors because of the massacres and persecutions he authorized and instigated throughout the Empire. He is also one of the emperors who commissioned a large public bath-house in Rome, which remains a major tourist attraction today.

Born: April 4, 188
Birthplace: Lugdunum, Gaul
Star Sign: Aries

Died: April 8, 217 (aged 29)
Cause of Death: Assassination

Historical Events

  • 0211-02-04 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies in Eboracum (York) in England, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta
  • 0217-04-08 Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus

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