Carinus (283 - 285CE)

Carinus (July or August 283 - Spring 285CE). Marcus Aurelius Carinus was the elder son of Carus. He successfully defended Italy against Sabinus Iulianus who had been declared emperor in Pannonia and was marching against Italy. He fought Diocletian - here accounts vary. One history claims he defeated Diocletian, but was assassinated by one of his own tribunes after seducing his wife. Another claims he was defeated by Diocletian after his army deserted him. Carinus was purportedly one of the worst of the emperors engaging in debauchery and various excesses. Damnatio memoriae was declared on him and his wife.