217 in history

217 events chronologically

Apr 8 Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated. He is succeeded by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus
Dec 20 The papacy of Zephyrinus ends. Callixtus I is elected as the sixteenth pope, but is opposed by the theologian Hippolytus who accuses him of laxity and of being a Modalist, one who denies any distinction between the three persons of the Trinity

Died in 217

Apr 8 Caracalla the popular nickname of Antoninus , Roman emperor of Punic and Syrian descent from 198 to 217. The eldest son of Septimius Severus, he reigned jointly with his father from 198 until Severus' death in 211. For a short time he then ruled jointly with his younger brother Geta until he had him murdered later in 211. Caracalla is remembered as one of the most notorious and unpleasant of emperors because of the massacres and persecutions he authorized and instigated throughout the Empire
Dec 20 Pope Zephyrinus bishop of Rome or pope from 199 to his death in 217. He was born in Rome. His predecessor was Pope Victor Upon his death on 20 December 217, he was succeeded by his principal advisor, Pope Callixtus I