Dateline Rome - February, 212
Anyone who has children knows that they can't share their toys. So why did our late Emperor Septimius think his sons could share the world?
It probably wasn't his fault. There are few indications that he intended to share the Empire he had won between his two sons. The eldest, Caracalla, was raised to Caesar in 193 when he was seven years old. Raising the younger son, Geta, seems to have come as an afterthought - although only one year younger, Geta was raised to Caesar in 198 in the same ceremony in which Caracalla was raised to Augustus. Geta finally gained the title of Augustus in 209 - eleven years after Caracalla.
So why promote Geta at all? One word - "Mom". Julia Domna, wife of Septimius, has been consistently protective of the interests of her youngest son. While Geta proved far more personable than Caracalla, this enforced equality seems to have been his undoing.
Since Septimius passed to Hades last summer the two brothers have been plotting against each other. Plans to divide the empire between them when Julia asked them how they planned on dividing their mother. (It is lucky for her she didn't have Nero for a son - he would have taken her up on the idea).
Caracalla won the contest last week when he lured his brother to a conciliation meeting at their mother's house. Conciliation was indeed achieved, as Geta was attacked by Caracalla's hired thugs. The murder wasn't a clean one; Geta staggered into his Mother's house followed by the assassins where he was finished off in his mother's arms.
This publication publicly deplores the actions of our Emperor and demands a Senatorial inquiry into the mur
Note from the new editor;
This paper fully supports our Augustus Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (occasionally referred to by his military nickname of Carracalla) and rejects as spurious any allegations that our Emperor ever had a brother.