Emperor of Rome (211–217). He is known for arranging the murder of his brother, Geta, and for extending Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire. He was assassinated during a campaign against Parthia.
(born Marcus Aurelius Antoninus) A.d. 188-217; Rom. emperor (211-217)
One of the gates is formed by the quadrifrontal arch of Caracalla, a rare form of construction.
Under the constitution of Caracalla (198-217) all inhabitants of the Roman empire enjoyed the civil rights of the Cives Romani (Scherer, Die Rechtsverhaltnisse der Juden, p. Io).
At a later date, probably under Septimius Severus or Caracalla (beginning of 3rd century), Palmyra received the Jus italicum and the status of a colony; the executive officials of the council and people were called strategoi, equivalent to the Roman duumviri (NSI.
A road, the Via Ardeatina, led to Ardea direct from Rome; the gate by which it left the Servian wall was the Porta Naevia; a large tomb behind the baths of Caracalla lay on its course.
215 the emperor Caracalla visited the city; and, in order to repay some insulting satires that the inhabitants had made upon him, he commanded his troops to put to death all youths capable of bearing arms. This brutal order seems to have been carried out even beyond the letter, for a general massacre was the result.