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On this day in 43 BC the battle of Mutina was fought between Mark Antony and Octavian.

Text by Harry Tanton Image by Sarah Jordan Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in March 44 BC, Antony had assumed the leadership of the Caesarean party due to his friendship with the dictator. But he was directly challenged for this position by Octavian, who had been adopted by Caesar in his will and became …

On this day in AD 69 the Roman emperor, Otho, died by his own hand in Rome

Text by Mike Welbourn He was born Marcus Salvius Otho at Ferentium (modern-day Ferento) in Etruria on 28 April, 32. His family was one of the leading clans of the town and were apparently descendents of Etruscan royalty. Otho’s father, Lucius, seems to have been a courtier and close ally of both Tiberius and Claudius. …

On this day in AD217 the Roman emperor Caracalla was assassinated near the city of Carrhae

  Text by Mike Welbourn Image Mint Imperials¬† Caracalla was born in Lugdunum (modern-day Lyon in France) on 4 April, 188. His father was the emperor Septimius Severus, his mother was the empress Julia Domna. Caracalla’s birth name was Lucius Septimius Bassianus. In 193 his father declared himself emperor after the murder of Pertinax and …