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    Macrinus. A.D. 217-218. AR denarius, (20 mm, 3.00 g, 6 h). Rome. Laureate and draped bust of Macrinus right / Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe and cornucopiae. RIC 80; BMC 73; RSC 108. XF, light surface granularity. Ex Lanz 109 (27 May 2002), 657.

    Macrinus served as a bureaucrat under Septimius Severus and became prefect of the praetorian guard under Caracalla. During the preparations for the latter's Parthian campaign, Macrinus engineered the murder of Caracalla and had himself proclaimed emperor. His son, Diadumenian was also made Caesar. Although Macrinus was accepted by the Senate, his military failure against the Parthians, lack of concern for Rome, and the plots of surviving members of the Severan family created discontent. After a reign of only fourteen months he was overthrown and killed by the legions loyal to Elagabalus, a cousin of Caracalla.


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