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Caracalla. Antikensammlung, Berlin (Germany). Photo Jona Lendering.
Caracalla (Altes Museum, Berlin)
Caracalla: emperor of the Roman world (211-217).


  • 4 April 186: Lucius Septimius Bassianus 
  • Nicnames: Caracalla, Tarautas 
  • 4 April 196: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Caesar
  • Autumn 197: Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus 
  • 4 February 211: Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Pius Augustus 
  • Britannicus maximus (210), Parthicus maximus (211), Arabicus maximus (211), Adiabenicus maximus (211) Magnus (213), Germanicus maximus (213)
  • 8 April 217: murdered by Macrinus
Successor of: Lucius Septimius Severus
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A young Caracalla. Bust from the North Market in Corinth. Photo Marco Prins.
A young Caracalla (bust from the North Market in Corinth)


Early career:

  • 186 Born in Lyon
  • 196 Made caesar
  • 197, January 29: Proclaimed Augustus
  • 199 Pater Patriae
  • 202 Marriage to Plautilla; consul (with Septimius Severus III)
  • 205 Consul II (with his younger brother Geta)
  • 208 Consul III (with Geta II)

Caracalla as Alexander the Great. Medaillon from Abukir, Bodemuseum, Berlin (Germany). Photo Jona Lendering.
Caracalla as Alexander the Great on a medal from Abukir (Bode-Museum, Berlin)

Main deeds:

The road from Edessa to Harran. Photo Jona Lendering.
The road from Edessa to Harran


Succeeded by: Macrinus

Contemporary events:

  • 212 Death of Papinianus


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