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History, Facts and Information about Diadumenian
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Diadumenian who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. Read about the life of Diadumenian who can be described or remembered as:

 "The Boy-Caesar - killed when he was 10 years old"

Short Biography about the life of Diadumenian
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Diadumenian, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.

  • Name commonly known as: Diadumenian
  • Latin Roman Name: Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: May 217 - June 218 - his appointment was never confirmed by the Senate, but appears on some coins .
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: Severan
  • Date of Birth: 208
  • Name of previous Emperor: Caracalla and Macrinus
  • Family connections / Genealogy
    • Name of Father: Macrinus
    • Name of Mother: Nonia Celsa
  • Place and Date of Death: Died June 218 in Antioch
  • Name of next Emperor:  The successor to Macrinus and Diadumenian was Elagabalus

Interesting facts about the life of Diadumenian
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Diadumenian from the following facts and information about his life. Diadumenian was the young son of Macrinus, who was a Praetorian Prefect who had instigated a successful conspiracy to kill the Emperor Caracalla. Macrinus was proclaimed Emperor and Diadumenian, his son, was given rank of 'Caesar' at the same time as his father was made 'Augustus.' The appointment of Diadumenian was, however, never confirmed by the Senate although a likeness of Diadumenian appears on some Roman coins. Macrinus was disliked by the nobles on account of his humble origin, and soon offended his army by trying to enforce discipline. A plot by Empress Julia Domna's sister, Julia Maesa was hatched to oust Macrinus and Diadumenian in favor of her grandson, Elagabalus. A rebellion broke out in the Syrian army, who proclaimed Elagabalus the Emperor. A battle took place, in which Macrinus was defeated and was put to death. Macrinus died 8th June 218 in Antioch, his young son Diadumenian followed the fate of his father. Diadumenian was just 10 years old. Elagabalus, yet another monster, ascended the throne.

The Severan Dynasty (193 - 235)
Septimius Severus began the Severan Dynasty which included Caracalla, Geta, Macrinus, Diadumenian (son of Macrinus), Elagabalus and Alexander Severus. The Severan Dynasty marked the end of Pax Romana (Roman peace) and ended the practice of choosing heirs based on ability rather than lineage or civil war.

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