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Caracalla in Egypt (A.D. 215–216)

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Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus (188-217) was a young Roman emperor. He lived only 29 years and ruled the Roman empire from 211 to 217. He was the elder son of Lucius Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. The young ruler had been brought up in a milieu... czytaj więcej

Caracalla in Egypt (A.D. 215–216)

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Edition:
1
Place and year of publication:
Warszawa 2021
Publication language:
angielski
ISBN/ISSN:
978-83-235-5569-8
EAN:
9788323555698
Number of page:
286
Binding:
Twarda
Format:
17x24 cm
Weight:
630 g
Publication type:
Praca naukowa
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.31338/uw.9788323555773
Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus (188-217) was a young Roman emperor. He lived only 29 years and ruled the Roman empire from 211 to 217. He was the elder son of Lucius Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. The young ruler had been brought up in a milieu interested in philosophy.
'Caracalla' is a nickname, which in ancient sources appears as 'Karakallos' (Caracallus). This word was a name of a coat which the emperor often used. Modern scholarship named the emperor Caracalla to avoid confusion with other Marci Aurelii of Roman history.
After a short joint rule with his brother Publius Septimius Geta, Caracalla had him murdered, probably at the end of 211. In 212 the emperor granted Roman citizenship to all inhabitants of the empire. His dream was the conquest of the East and creation of a universal empire.
Caracalla was an admirer of Alexander the Great. Like his idol, Caracalla did not avoid the inconveniences of military life, and enjoyed popularity among the soldiers. His hot temper and violent manners led him to acts of cruel tyranny.
The present study concerns a mysterious episode of Caracalla's war in the East which was a part of his imitation of Alexander the Great. In December 215 the emperor came to Alexandria, a metropolis of Egypt founded by the great Alexander. However, instead of a festive sojourn in Egypt Caracalla sentenced to death the administrators of the province, exterminated the Alexandrian entrepreneurs and in April 216 massacred the inhabitants of Alexandria.



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Adam Łukaszewicz – archaeologist, papyrologist and historian of antiquity, professor at the Faculty of Archeology of the University of Warsaw. Since 1980 he has participated in the works of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, in Egypt. He works in the Polish archaeological mission in Alexandria and carries out epigraphic research in the tomb of Ramesses VI in the Valley of the Kings.


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