Septimius Severus and Caracalla
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Head of Caracalla, laureate, draped, right
VOT SVSC DEC PON TR P V COS, Caracalla, veiled, togate, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted tripod left and holding roll in left hand at side
18.48mm, 2.7g, 6h
aEF, worn reverse die, lightly toned, lustrous surfaces
Very youthful portrait of Caracalla
Lucius Septimius Bassianus . He became known as 'Caracalla' after the Gallic cloak which he regularly wore. He was assassinated by a soldier on route to visiting a temple near Carrhae, whilst stopping briefly to attend to the call of nature. Three days later, Macrinus declared himself emperor. Caracalla's popularity with the military ensured he was not subject to a damnatio memoriae. Notwithstanding this, his reputation and legacy in history remains that of a cruel ruler, whose terrible deeds include the murder of his brother Geta and the massacre of Geta's supporters.