November 25, 2017

Emperor Caracalla’s political revenge discovered in Alba Iulia on an 1,800-year old inscription

The artifact discovered during the archaeological research that brought to light vestiges of Principia (building of the command of Castrum Legio XIII Gemina) in Alba Iulia, reminds people of a bloody political episode that took place more than 1,800 years ago in ancient Rome. Gabriel Rustoiu, managing director of the National Museum of the Union in Alba Iulia, this is an inscription from which the name of joint Emperor Geta (Publius Septimius Geta) was crossed out by Emperor Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus), his brother. The two emperors, both sons of Emperor Septimius Severus, ruled together after their father’s death, which occurred in AD 211. The same year Caracalla kills Geta and orders his brother’s name to be crossed out of history, explained Rustoiu. The Roman castrum at Apulum was the largest one in Roman Dacia, it started being built at the time of Emperor Hadrianus, probably about AD 125. For one century continuously Apulum was the headquarters of Legio XIII Gemina.

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