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    Emperor Macrinus


    Caracalla had been the last of his line. Since he was hated by the senate, he had not risked appointing an heir whom his enemies would immediately have rallied behind. Therefore his death left a power vacuum at the top. After some deliberation the army decided to back Macrinus simply because they could think of no-one better. The senate also accepted Macrinus as emperor, partly because Macrinus had always been deferential to that august body, and mostly because he was not Caracalla. Thus the lawyer from the provinces became Rome's first non-senatorial emperor...


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