Emperor Caracalla – By Oguejiofo Annu
It was Bob Marley who sang that “2000 years of history could not be wiped away so easily.”
Lucius Septimius Bassianus (April 4, 188 – April 8, 217), commonly known as Caracalla, was a Black Roman Emperor who ruled from 211 to 217.
Caracalla was the eldest son of Septimius Severus, the first black African-born Emperor of Rome. But before Septimius Severus, there had been other Roman-born black Emperors of Rome. This story of the other black emperors of Rome will be explored in another write-up, but for now we focus on Caracalla.
Unlike his father Septimius Severus, Caracalla was born and raised in Italy. After the death of his father, he ruled jointly with his younger brother Geta until the latter’s death in 211.
Caracalla’s reign was notable for the Constitutio Antoniniana, granting Roman citizenship to freemen throughout the Roman Empire. That act laid a foundation for a peaceful multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Empire that Rome was to become.
Caracalla was mean towards the military incursions of the Goths, the Parthians and the Tartars, and he took brutal and extreme steps to suppress those invaders from Turkemenistan that were sorely troubling the cohesion of the Roman state.
A modern-day British historian Edward Gibbon, a descendant of the Goths, referred to him as, “the common enemy of mankind” because of the massacres he authorized in various parts of the empire.
In AD 213, Caracalla went north to the German frontier and subdued the Alamanni tribesmen who were causing trouble in the Agri Decumates. Due to that feat the Senate conferred upon him the title of “Germanicus Maximus”.
In AD 216, Caracalla took on the Parthians, a related tribe of the Goths, (the Parthians are the ancestors of the modern day Farsi-Iranians) who were causing problems on the southernmost flank of the empire. He tricked the Parthians into believing that he accepted a marriage and peace proposal, but then launched a series of blistering attacks on the Parthians when their guards were down. The thereafter ongoing conflict and skirmishes became known as the Parthian war of Caracalla.
The baths of Caracalla were the largest public baths ever built in ancient Rome. To put it in historical perspective, the central room of the baths was larger than St. Peter’s Basilica. It could easily accommodate over 2,000 Roman citizens. The bath house opened in 216, complete with libraries, private rooms and outdoor tracks. Caracalla ordered the building of those baths that are named in his honour.
Caracalla was assasinated by his body-guard while travelling from Edessa to continue the war against Parthian. He died on April 8, AD 217.
It is important that Africans should remember and celebrate Caracalla and his family line, i.e. the Severan Dynasty, because as black Africans, they were us and we are them.
By the dint of their heritage, they were part of our legacy, and their attainments represented part of our unfolding tale of greatness, of towering historical achievements, of courage, regency and inimitable genius.
The descendants of the Goths who conquered Rome, and now control historical narratives, would want you to believe that they were the real Romans. Through centuries of selective narration and faking of historical artefacts, they have largely succeeded in hiding the central role of the Africans in the defunct Roman empire.
They hide the facts that the Goths and the Parthians (the ancestors of the present day Germans, Russians, British, Spanish, Italians, and Iranians…the Aryans!!!) were the mortal enemies of the dark Ibero-Maurisian Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Libyans, and Numidians, Mauritanians, and Saharans, the original owners of western Europe. They promote a fake and false notion that Rome was a so-called white created civilization affiliated with their Gothic ancestry. But this is a lie!
The memorials of Caracalla, Septimius Severus, Geta, Maximinus, and a long line of Black, Moorish, African Emperors of Rome reject this lie. We must revisit the Roman Empire and salvage the Black ancestors and Emperors that have been covered by the global western academic conspiracy.
Again we chant, blessings on the memorial of the Severan Dynasty, they were the “naigre” Emperors of Rome, from Africa. We will be meeting more Black Roman Emperors in the next series.
September 25, 2010
131 thoughts on “The Black Emperors of Rome: Roman Emperor Caracalla (Kara-kalla)”
I did think we could have an interesting discussion on the topic where you explained your reasoning and beliefs and where you got your understanding of history and I could perhaps take a dispassionate look and see where you are coming from; sadly all you did was descend in to abuse, which is not exactly the best way to prove your point to a casual visitor to the website, and not the way to get others to take an interest in what you see as an important truth.
I suspect from what I know of British history that my knowledge is better than yours, oh and by the way my ancestors were not peasants, at least not in the last five hundred years, that’s just you being gratuitously insulting…. are you really very thin skinned or do you want to put off anybody who doesn’t understand or subscribe to your conspiracy theory? Anyway, history would suggest that at first the British Isles were populated by a people we know as the “proto Celts” best represented today by the peoples of Wales, Brittany and the western edge of Spain, they were probably displaced to the western margins by the people we understand as the Celts, although Celts is itself a word from the Greeks, merely meaning the strangers, so the Celts we know of are the European people who moved in to Britain in several waves the last of whom were the Belgic tribes that the Romans met when they landed.
In turn they were largely supplanted by the Anglo-Saxons who occupied the south and east of these islands, in turn displacing some of the Britons, (Celts) to Armorica in France which was semi-empty having been devastated by plague… hence the name of Brittany ….the Anglo-saxons were moving from their German coastal and Danish homelands because of rising sea levels and pressure from tribes moving westward from central Europe and the Russian steppes, in particular the Huns, Vandals, Alans and Slavs; the Visigoths and Ostrogoths penetrated south of the Alps of course but not to the north of them. So no Goths or Slavs in western Europe or the British Isles I’m afraid, although I suspect you use these as terms of abuse, rather than for ethnic correctness.
Jahdey, we all know that mankind originated in east Africa, that’s no secret and I suspect that we agree that we are all one before the same God, so we don’t need to be at loggerheads, unfortunately you go off on one so easily that its difficult to resist the temptation to tease you, look back at some of the third party postings and you’ll see what I mean. Why not try and be calmer in your responses, explain your views more clearly, and set out where your history knowledge comes from, frankly nobody is going to accept that everything you read on Google is accurate, you don’t for a start! A more reasoned response might give your arguments more weight in the future, good luck.
Cut the patronizing sermon. Thanks. Now that you are off your high and mighty “I am whyte” pedestal, lets talk like the children of the mother earth. You doubted the ethnicity of Severus Septimus and his children. I corrected you. He was African. A Numidian Berber. Traditional, indigenous African.
What else do you want to say or question?
Septimius’ mother was a white Roman.
I think you need to make an important destinction between blacks and Africans. Two very different concepts.
I think when u use the term black u actually refer to congoloids who have unfortunately become the face of African failure. There are many proud Africans who dont see a need to feed off the ficticious scraps of European or Arab history but instead carve out their own.
FYI – In South Africa we performed the world’s first human heart transplant and my Alma mater, Stellenbosch University, is the only university in the world with a space program……..not great but we are getting there considering the handicaps we have to deal with.
@Jahdey, black people can have straight hair too, look at East Africans & East Indians, they are have straight & Silky hair, & they descend from Kushites.
Yes, DK Walker, I know and fully accept that Moorish people can have straight hair as well as nappy hair. Here check out this link:
One drop of black blood and you want to take credit for the Eurpean civilization. LOL
You wish… LMBAO!
Those who have created this site seem to me to be obsessed with color, or, even more with race.
Apparently, that was not the case with the Romans in antiquity. There were slaves, but these were of all color and race when having to face lions in the Coliseum.
So this is a false quarrel, due to the confusing flaw of anachronism, a major flaw for one who studies or cares for history
This is a Muurish history site, a centre for research into black history, a place where Rastas gather to reason about their history and their culture. Here we reveal the hidden history of the Ethiopian race. Where did you drop in from?
Its not your people who are being lied to lol. it all makes since now. Never new why all of the statues seemed so odd or why i loved roman history. Its becuase its my history
we have exposed the fallacy of race ,an how in middle english bleac was the black people first,watch eyes wide shut ,this was injected into thhe west cause they knew they couldnt rule with religious govt with out uprisings like the protestants in englands 1600s most these chuches here in usa are protestant churches from england not all catholic ,the obseesion is reation from the erase of them out of place to replace the original ,it is albion england that planted the color of law colonies an the lies of who was in england before germanic invasions.it is the colorless who called color making adjectives an verbs nouns through permission of religious phhhhhallus god doctrine.the argument that as an albion your white because the skin is red ruddy is false.instead arguing ,debating whats black whats african whats english lets put fact of blacks law dictionary 4thedition definition of free white sovereign does not mean caucasion race or aryan race or any damn race,so whos white here an let me seee you nationality card ,if your white in the law an not kkk emotion ,,,,wheres th finish line to this race, when people say stupid white man it really says stupid landowner,,did you know you can giv your land away calling someone else white on it beside your self that s from there especially if they lie an say you all came here on a boat named jesus as sslaves, 1500s sovereign cherokee family was taken from the carolinas an sold in the carribean ,,,,,,,, put that in your books, but all sovereignty was lost in 1865 ,we the muurs raised mankind into humanity an the european sons still wear the crown ,corona el sol crown of the sun the fez,they lied about the history an where civiization began making moor confusion making people really not know who they .when wefeatured our muurish ancestor they came an said muurs were white in skin to confuse ,mislabled are the indian negro colored black african american worst ,,, we aint congolese from indian reservations but bozal murish language muurs speak everywhere except boriqua is congolese espanol portuguese,,we the muurs come before the europan an the arab ,, we created them an their religions they follow,marc washingtons ancient africa shut it dow n showing who ruled europe first an those who were expelled from englands jails to come here know what they hide ,we are the saxons ,annunaki king soloman an james ,cannot say you got here before you ever came an got a name from the womb zudiakus gave our muthers