Approximately one half mile south of the Colosseum are the Baths of Caracalla. Built between 212 and 216 AD by Emperor Caracalla, they were the second largest public baths in Rome. The Emperor did not have a very good reputation, so he had the baths built for political propaganda purposes, namely so the people would like and remember him. The baths were free to the citizens of Rome. The Aqua Marcia aqueduct was built specifically to provide water for the baths. In the sixth century, the Ostogoths took control of the baths during the Gothic War and destroyed the hydrolic system, thus ending the use of the baths.