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Caracalla as Caesar, 98-217 AD c 199-200 AD
Caracalla (April 4, 188 – April 8, 217) was the eldest son of Septimius Severus and Emperor from 211 to 217. Laodicea ad Mare was originally the Phoenician city of Ramitha dating at least to the Mycenean age and was a part of the kingdom of Ugarit a few miles further north. The settlement became part of the Assyrian Empire, later falling to the Persians and was eventually taken over by I Alexander the Great in 333 BCE following his victory at Battle of Issus. After Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, Northern Syria fell under the control of Seleucus I Nicator who this became one of the five cities named after his mother Laodice thus becoming Laodicea ad Mare. In 64 BC Pompey the Great abolished the Seleucid Empire creating the Roman province of Syria. In 193 the inhabitants revolted and the city was sacked by the governor of Syria, and came under the control of Caracalla’s father Septimius Severus. The Tetraporticus arch was built in 183 to honor Septimius. Obverse laureate, draped, and cuirassed youthful Caracalla ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS. Reverse standing Virtus holding Victory and spear VIR T AVGG.
Mint: Laodicea ad Mare (modern Latakia Syria)
Provenance: Private acquisition

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