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    Caesar Diadumenian


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    Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus was the son of Rome's short-lived emperor Macrinus (AD 217-218). The boy died at the age of ten after enjoying the rank of Caesar for less than three months. His death presaged the murderous succession struggles of the third century crisis which properly began a generation after his death; a crisis in which family members were treated no less severely than the fallen emperors and pretenders themselves.

     

    It is generally assumed that Diadumenian got his name because he was born with a caul - which is when the amniotic membrane which encloses a fetus thereafter covers the newborn's head and face when he emerges from the womb. In the case of Diadumenian this membrane had wrapped itself tightly around the child's forehead so that it resembled a diadem...

     

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