Caracalla

Caracalla directed the building of the eponymously named Baths of Caracalla in Rome, the second largest public baths in the city.  The ruins stand to this day.  He is also known for an edict which granted full Roman citizenship to nearly all the free inhabitants of the empire.  Despite these progressive measures, Caracalla is best remembered as one of the most tyrannical rulers in the empire’s history.  He killed his brother Geta, with whom he co-ruled, and assassinated Geta's loyalists.  He also brutally massacred civilians during his many military campaigns, most notably, his execution of the city’s youth when conquering the city of Alexandria. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Denarius of Caracalla                        Silver                                                 198 - 211 C.E.                                         2015.16.0129                                         Gift of Ron D’Argenio