Monday, February 18, 2008
Caracalla was the son of Septimius Severus, who was as far as I can tell the first Roman Emperor of African descent. Septimius succeeded Commodus, who dressed himself up as a God and declared Rome "the Universal Colony of the Earth” (he was the guy in Gladiator). When his dad died, Caracalla killed his brother Geta and 20,000 Geta supporters.
Caracalla granted Roman Citizenship to all free men in the Empire and made a trip to Egypt to explore the culture.
The Egyptians, showing gratitude for their newfound Citizenship, began to riot. Caracalla executed the Egyptian Governor along with thousands of men of military age and removed the Egyptians’ freedom of movement.
Caracalla’s end came on the trip back while going to the bathroom.
Not too long after Caracalla, the Germans came knocking.
Posted by Bill at 2:52 PM