Aemilian
253 CE
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Buoyed by the murder of his predecessor by his own troops, Aemilius Aemilianus marched triumphantly into Rome, seemingly unaware of just how fast history can repeat itself.

Aemilian Antonianus
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Raised to power by the Danubian legions (who seemed to have made a habit of this), Aemilius Aemilianus marched triumphantly into Rome. He tried to pass himself off as a friend of the Senate, as their general rather than their lord.

But not everyone accepted his usurpation. His predecessor, Trebonianus Gallus, had sent Publius Licinius Valerianus to raise troops to fight the Goths. Upon hearing of the murder of Gallus, Valerian promptly had himself declared Emperor and marched on Rome, very much as Aemilian had.

The result of Valerian's attack was the same as Aemilian's had been, just three months earlier -- only this time, Aemilian was on the other side of the battle. This time, it was Aemilian's troops who murdered their emperor to avoid battle with a determined foe, bringing to an abrupt end a reign that has nearly nothing to recommend it, either good or bad.


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