Renamed by Trajan after his sister, Ulpia Marciana, Marcianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria today) was an important strategic center, part of Roman Thrace until c. 190, and then belonged to Moesia inferior. Marcianopolis’ prosperity was ended by Gothic raids in 248 and 249, another in 267 or 268, and other barbarian invasions from the north. The city recovered and under Diocletian Marcianopolis became the center of the province Moesia Secunda of the Diocese of Thrace, and was thoroughly rebuilt in the late 3rd and early 4th century. During Valens’ conflict with the Goths (366 – 369), Marcianopolis was a temporary capital of the empire and the largest city of Thrace. In 447, it was destroyed by the Huns under Attila, immediately after the bloody Battle of the Utus River. Justinian I restored and fortified it, but it was subject to regular barbarian attacks. An Avar raid finally destroyed it in 614 or 615.
Draped and cuirassed busts of Macrinus on left and Diadumenian on right facing each other, Macrinus laureate
AVT K OΠEΛ CEV MAKPINOC K M OΠEΛ ANTΩNEINOC
Triumphal arch with three doors, surmounted by four figures: the outer two are Victories holding wreaths, the other two male figure, draped, the left holding up his right hand, the right one holding spear, E in left field (E=5 assaria)
YΠ ΠONTIANOY MAΡKIANOΠOΛEITΩN
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