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History: Caracalla was born April 4th, 188 in Lyon, where his father was serving as governor of the province of Gallia Lugdunensis under the emperor Commodus. When he was seven years old, his name was changed to Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. The name change was a way of connecting the family of Severus to that of the Antonines. Caracalla was a nickname taken from the name of a type of cloak popularized by the emperor, but this nickname, originally Derisive, was never used officially.
The son of the Emperor Septimus Severus, Caracalla was the second emperor of the Severan dynasty. At first, power was shared jointly with his brother, Geta. But Caracalla soon arranged Geta to be murdered after a power struggle in the months after their father’s death. The purges that followed left him unpopular with virtually all but the army. He is most famous for the grand bath complex he built in Rome. At the age of twenty-nine he was murdered by members of his bodyguard while on campaign in the East.
The changes brought about in the little more than five years of Caracalla's sole rule would have long-lasting implications throughout the empire for generations to come.