AE antoninianus 22-24mm. 4.48gm. Ticinum mint. (EF) Nice glossy dark-green patina over ancient silvering.
Obv./ IMP•CARVS•P•F•AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
PVBLICA, Spes walking left with flower & raising robes, SXXI in ex.
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Carus (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Carus Augustus; c. 224 – July or August 283), was Roman Emperor from 282 to 283. During his short reign, Carus fought the Germanic tribes and Sarmatians along the Danube frontier with success. During his campaign against the Sassanid Empire he sacked their capital Ctesiphon, but died shortly thereafter. He was succeeded by his sons Carinus and Numerian; creating a dynasty which, though short-lived, granted further stability to a resurgent empire.
Carus, whose name before the accession may have been Marcus Numerius Carus, was born, probably, at Narbo (modern Narbonne) in Gaul, but was educated at Rome. He was a senator, and had filled various civil and military posts before he was appointed prefect of the Praetorian Guard by the emperor Probus in 282. After the murder of Probus at Sirmium, Carus was proclaimed emperor by the soldiers. Although Carus severely avenged the death of Probus, he was himself suspected of having been an accessory to the deed.
He does not seem to have returned to Rome after his accession, but
contented himself with an announcement of the fact to the Senate.
Bestowing the title of Caesar upon his sons Carinus and Numerian, he left Carinus in charge of the western portion of the empire, and took Numerian with him on the expedition against the Persians which had been contemplated by Probus. Having defeated the Quadi and Sarmatians on the Danube, for which he was given the title Germanicus Maximus, Carus proceeded through Thrace and Asia Minor, annexed Mesopotamia, pressed on to Seleucia and Ctesiphon, and marched his soldiers beyond the Tigris. The Sassanid King Bahram II, limited by internal opposition, could not effectively defend his territory.
For his victories, which avenged all the previous defeats suffered by
the Romans against the Sassanids, Carus received the title of Persicus Maximus.
Carus' hopes of further conquest were cut short by his death. One day, after a violent storm, it was announced that he was dead. His death was variously attributed to disease, the effects of lightning, or a wound received in a campaign against the Persians.
The facts that he was leading a victorious campaign, and that his son
Numerian succeeded him without opposition, suggest that his death may
have been due to natural causes.