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Caesar Marcus Aurelius Numerian (282-283)

In 282, the army proclaimed the Praetorian Prefect Carus as emperor. He immediately appointed both his sons, Carinus and Numerianus, as co-emperors. Carinus went to Gaul, and Numerianus stayed with his father to wage war first with the Sarmatians, who invaded Pannonia, and then with the Persians.

After a brilliant victory, the army was returning from Persia with trophies when Carinus died (284 AD). Most probably not by his own death, but with the help of the Praetorian Prefect Arian Flavius Apr (Numerianus' father-in-law). Numerianus was proclaimed emperor, and Apr remained in his position despite suspicion of Carus' murder.

Numerianus is described as a finely educated man who was fond of poetry and wrote poetry, but had little inclination for war and army management. And at that time, that was what was needed in the first place. As a result, the army was led by Apres, who eventually decided that he himself could be emperor, and Numerian was superfluous. Only a month after his election to the highest position, Numerian was killed near Nicomedia. Apr, however, it did not help to become emperor - the soldiers preferred Diocletian.



coin Roman Empire Numerian antoninianus

Antoninianus 282-283
23 mm.
Draped bust right in radiate crown and armor / Marcus Aurelius Numerianus Caesar
Carus standing left, holds globe and scepter / Princeps Younger
Value - $60-80







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