The Very Highest Quality Roman Portraits...

Portrait Gallery of Roman EmperorsRoman Portraits IndexChard 24 Carat Home Page

Carus 282-283
Carus was born in Narbo in Gaul in around 230 AD. He followed a Senatorial career and was eventually appointed Praetorian Prefect under the Emperor Probus. When Probus was assassinated by mutinous soldiers in 282, Carus was suspected of complicity, although he made sure that those believed to have been directly responsible for the previous Emperorís death were brutally punished for their crime.
Carus then set out to secure his position by winning military glory for Rome and for himself by attacking the Sassanid Persians. In this he was remarkably successful, seizing Mesopotamia and the Persian capital, Ctesiphon and advancing Roman armies as far as the river Tigres. He thus avenged the humiliating defeat and capture of the Emperor Valerian some 22 years before. However, whilst he was still leading his armies in the east in 283, he died, allegedly by a bolt of lightning which struck his tent, although this this phrase may have been used as a euphemism for murder by unknown assassins.
Whatever the case, he was succeeded by his sons Carinus and Numerian, a comparatively rare instance of dynastic succession during this period in Roman history.

Roman Emperors Portrait Gallery
You may wish to visit our portrait gallery of Roman emperors. Although it is not complete, we add new and better coins when we can. We are always keen to buy superior quality Roman coins to upgrade our photo gallery.

If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth? the Lowest Possible Price

32 - 36 Harrowside, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1RJ, England.
Telephone (44) - (0) 1253 - 343081 ; Fax 408058; E-mail:
The URL for our main page is:
Chard(1964) Ltd