The Info List - Carinus

(Latin: Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
Augustus;[1] died 285) was Roman Emperor
Roman Emperor
from 283 to 285. The elder son of emperor Carus, he was first appointed Caesar and in the beginning of 283 co-emperor of the western portion of the empire by his father. Official accounts of his character and career have been filtered through the propaganda of his successful opponent, Diocletian.


1 Reign

1.1 Death in 285 1.2 Character

2 References

2.1 Primary Sources 2.2 Secondary Sources 2.3 In Literature

3 External links

Reign[edit] Carinus
fought with success against the Germanic Quadi
tribes,[2] but soon left the defence of the Upper Rhine
to his legates and returned to Rome, where the surviving accounts, which demonize him, assert that he abandoned himself to all kinds of debauchery and excess. More certainly, he celebrated the annual ludi Romani on a scale of unexampled magnificence.[3][4] After the death of Carus, the army in the east demanded to return to Europe, and Numerian, the younger son of Carus, was forced to comply.[5] During a halt at Chalcedon, Numerian
was found dead. Diocletian, commander of the body-guards, claimed that Numerian
had been assassinated, and he was proclaimed emperor by the soldiers.[6][4] Carinus
left Rome
at once and set out for the east to meet Diocletian. On his way through Pannonia he put down the usurper Sabinus Julianus and in July 285 he encountered the army of Diocletian
at the Margus River in Moesia.[2][4] Death in 285[edit] Historians differ on what then ensued. At the Battle of the Margus River (Morava), according to one account, the valour of his troops had gained the day, but Carinus
was assassinated by a tribune whose wife he had seduced.[2] Another account represents the battle as resulting in a complete victory for Diocletian, and claims that Carinus' army deserted him. This account may be confirmed by the fact that Diocletian
kept in service Carinus' Praetorian Guard
Praetorian Guard
commander, Titus Claudius
Aurelius Aristobulus.[2][4] Character[edit] Carinus
has a reputation as one of the worst Roman emperors. This infamy may have been supported by Diocletian
himself. For example, the (unreliable) Historia Augusta
Historia Augusta
has Carinus
marrying nine wives, while neglecting to mention his only real wife, Magnia Urbica, by whom he had a son, Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
Nigrinianus. After his death, Carinus' memory was officially condemned in the Roman proceeding known as Damnatio Memoriae. His name, along with that of his wife, was erased from inscriptions.[7] References[edit] Primary Sources[edit]

Anonymous, Epitome de Caesaribus Aurelius Victor Eutropius, Breviarium ab urbe condita Historia Augusta, Life of Carus, Carinus
and Numerian Joannes
Zonaras, Compendium of History extract: Zonaras: Alexander Severus to Diocletian: 222–284

Secondary Sources[edit]

^ In Classical Latin, Carinus' name would be inscribed as MARCVS AVRELIVS CARINVS AVGVSTVS. ^ a b c d Leadbetter, William. Carinus
(283–285 A.D.).  ^ Spence, H. Donald M. (2003). Early Christianity and Paganism. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 391–392. ISBN 0-7661-3068-1.  ^ a b c d Chisholm 1911. ^ Southern, Pat (2001). The Roman Empire
Roman Empire
from Severus to Constantine. New York: Routledge. p. 133. ISBN 0-415-23944-3.  ^ Pohlsander, Hans A. (1996). Constantine. Routledge. p. 6. ISBN 0-415-31938-2.  ^ Varner, Eric R. (2004). Mutilation and Transformation : Damnatio Memoriae
Damnatio Memoriae
and Roman Imperial Portraiture. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 212. ISBN 90-04-13577-4. 


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Carinus, Marcus Aurelius". Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

In Literature[edit]

Mor Jokai's A Christian but a Roman is set in Carinus' Rome

External links[edit] Media related to Carinus
at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Magnia Urbica
Magnia Urbica
at Wikimedia Commons

Regnal titles

Preceded by Carus Roman Emperor 283–285 Served alongside: Carus
(283) and Numerian
(283-284) Succeeded by Diocletian

Political offices

Preceded by Probus , Victorinus Consul of the Roman Empire 283–285 with Carus, Numerian
, Diocletian, Bassus, Titus
Aurelius Aristobulus Succeeded by Marcus Junius Maximus, Vettius Aquilinus

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