Carus

Reece Period attributed: Period 14

Obverse image of a coin of Carus

Member of the Third Century Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 282 until 283.

Marcus Aurelius Carus was born in 244 at Narbo. He was a highly popular military man and leader of the Praetorian Guard when he usurped power from Probus in 282. He immediately raised his two sons, Numerian and Carinus, to the rank of Caesar.

Carus entrusted Carinus, now also Augustus, with government and set out with Numerian for the East. They were highly successful, but Carus died in his tent in the middle of the campaign. The exact circumstances are unclear; supposedly the tent was struck by lightning, though some suggest one of his officers did him in.

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  • Preferred label: Carus
  • Full names:
    • Caesar Marcus Aurelius Carus Augustus (as emperor)
    • Carus
    • Marcus Numerius Carus (from birth to accession);
  • Title: Consul of the Roman Empire
  • Predecessor: Marcus Aurelius Probus
  • Successor: Carinus
  • Definition: Carus (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Carus Augustus; c. 222 – July or August 283) was Roman Emperor from 282 to 283, and was 60 at ascension. During his short reign, Carus fought the Germanic tribes and Sarmatians along the Danube frontier with success. He brought stability in the empire and died in 283 aged 61. During his campaign against the Sassanid Empire, he sacked their capital Ctesiphon, but died shortly thereafter. He was succeeded by his sons Carinus and Numerian, creating a dynasty which, though short-lived, granted further stability to a resurgent empire.
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  • Birth place: Gallia Narbonensis, Narbo
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    • Other title(s):
      • Consul of the Roman Empire
      • List of Roman Emperors
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