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Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus

Born: 1860 AD
Died: 2170 AD
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186 AD – Born on April 4th in Lugdunum, Gaul (now Lyon, France). Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher.


           – Also known as Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus.


193 AD – When he was seven years old, his name was changed to Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.


           – Caracalla was a nickname taken from the name of a type of cloak popularized by the emperor, but this nickname, originally derisive, was never used officially.


200 AD – At the age of 14 he was married to the daughter of the praetorian prefect Plautianus Publia Fulvia Plautilla, but the teenager despised his wife.


211 AD – He was appointed as co-emperor with his brother Publius Septimius Antoninius Geta after his father died while touring the northern marches.


           – He ordered Geta’s murder. The murder led to a wholesale slaughter of Geta’s supporters and sympathizers, and soldiers were allowed to wreak havoc on the residents of Rome.


215 AD – Caracalla suspended plans to invade Parthia after Vologaeses handed over two political refugees, although Roman troops were sent into Armenia.


           – Caracalla made a notorious visit to Alexandria in the fall and winter.


216 AD – Led his troops into Mesopotamia after being rebuffed in his request to marry the daughter of Artabanus.


217 AD – Died on April 8th near Harran at the age of 31.


           – The returning guards claimed the emperor was ambushed while defecating, and that the alleged assassin was one of their own, a soldier named Martialis. Martialis was himself killed by the avenging guards.

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