Diadumenian (Mid May - 8th June AD 218)

Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus, or Diadumenian, was the son of Roman Emperor Macrinus, who served his father briefly as Caesar from May, AD 217 to AD 218, and as Augustus in AD 218. Diadumenian had little time to enjoy his position or to learn anything from its opportunities because the legions of Syria revolted and declared Elagabalus ruler of the Roman Empire. When Macrinus was defeated on June 8, AD 218 at Antioch, Diadumenian’s death soon followed. According to the Scriptores Historiae Augustae, Diadumenian emulated Macrinus in tyranny. He called upon his father not to spare any who might oppose them or who made plots. His own head was cut off and presented to Elagabalus as a trophy.

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Diadumenian 'Baton and Sceptre' Denarius 026240

Diadumenian 'Baton and Sceptre' Denarius
Silver, 2.81 grams. 217 AD. Obverse: M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, draped bust right. Reverse: PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian standing left, holding baton and sceptre, two standards to right behind. RSC 14a; RIC 108; Sear 7448. Extremely fine.

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Diadumenian 'Baton and Sceptre' Denarius 026240

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