What is the’origin of the nickname Caracalla?
The man who became emperor of Rome in 198 d. C. after the death of Septimius Severus, was his son Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, who shared power with his brother Geta.
Well, hardly anyone remembers this name, since for centuries he has been known as Caracalla.
The most important measure of his government, destined to mark an epochal turning point in the history of Rome, was the The constitution Anioniniana, a edict with which citizenship was granted to all the inhabitants of the Empire who were of free status.
Returning to the name with which the exponent of the Severi dynasty is known, it derives from a cloth (see also: https://www.pilloledistoria.it/6183/storia-antica/antichi-romani-in-viaggio-moda).
The Emperor in fact, he used to wear the “caracalla”, a wide and long military cloak equipped with a hood of Celtic peoples.
For Marcus Aurelius Antoninus it became a distinctive trait to the point of being identified with it and making his person and the garment he loved the most one.
Caracalla was the first to introduce the cloak of the Gauls into the Empire, actually launching a fashion that lasted for centuries (photo: raffaelloromanelli.com).