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Macrinus

January 29, 2010

Marcus Opellius Macrinus, (AD 164-218), Roman Emperor, 217-18, born at Caesarea, Mauritania, of humble parentage. At the instigation of his patron, Plantianus, he was admitted to the service of the emperor Septimius Severus , and, after holding several dignities, eventually became praetorian prefect under Caracalla. On the latter’s death he was proclaimed emperor by the troops, but was murdered in the following year by the generals of Heliogabalus, who succeeded him.

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