Diadumenian Denarius obvDiadumenian Denarius rev

Rome, Diadumenian Caesar, 217-8, AR Denarius.
When Caracalla was assassinated Macrinus, the Praetorian Prefect, declared himself Augustus, and made his 8-year old son Diadumenian Caesar, and gave him the name Antoninus to indicate continuity with the Severan dynasty. Macrinus was of equestrian descent and all previous emperors had been from the senatorial class. This was resented. Caracalla's aunt Julia Maesa engineered a revolt in order to have her 14 year old grandson Bassianus made emperor. Macrinus was defeated at the battle of Antioch in 218 and Bassianus became the emperor Elagabalus. Macrinus sent Diadumenian with some trusted retainers to seek the protection of the last Parthian emperor Artabanus, but he was captured at Zeugma and beheaded. His head was sent to Elagabalus who kept it as a trophy.
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Trinity Term 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, it will be necessary to postpone all OUNS events until such a time as normal activities can safely be resumed. Further details will be posted here and distributed by email as and when they become available. We apologise for any disappointment caused and look forward to continuing our meetings when this emergency has come to an end. Until then, the Committee expresses its thanks for your understanding and wishes good health to our members and their families.

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