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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Mesopotamia| > RP33814
Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Carrhae, Mesopotamia
In Roman times, Harran was known as Carrhae, and was the location of the Battle of Carrhae in 53 B.C., in which the Parthians, commanded by general Surena, defeated a large Roman army under the command of Crassus, who was killed. Centuries later, the emperor Caracalla was murdered here, probably at the instigation of Macrinus. In the 3rd century A.D. the region was a frontier province of the Roman Empire, being the location for major wars between Rome and Persia. The emperor Galerius was defeated nearby by the Parthians' successors, the Sassanid dynasty of Persia, in 296 A.D. The city remained in Roman hands until 609 or 610 A.D., when the Persian general Shahrbaraz completed conquered Oshroene. The city returned to Roman control after the successful offensive of emperor Heraclius in the 620s. In 640 A.D. it was conquered by the Muslim Arab general 'Iyad b. Ghanm.
RP33814. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 836, VF, grainy, coppery undertones, Carrhae (Altinbasak, Turkey) mint, weight 11.607g, maximum diameter 25.5mm, die axis 0o, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse AYT K M OΠ CE MAKPINOC CE, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse ∆HMAPXEΞYΠATOC (holder of Tribunitian power, consul), eagle standing front, wings spread, head right, between legs crescent, star in left field, two pellets in exergue (off-flan); SOLD










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