Caracalla Carrhae Mint 198-217 AD

This is the last coin of the Severan eclipse series. The eclipse symbol is placed on a globe and base as a religious symbol. The previous posts display the eclipses throughout the life of Caracalla and they would have been in the region. It is perhaps the eclipse of 218 AD that is over Carrhae that is the most interesting. As we saw from the Diadumenian coin there appears to be an eclipse prediction on display. Caracalla was assassinated by his own soldiers in 217 AD before the 218 AD eclipse. Photo from Romae Aeternae Numismatics

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.