Aurelian Roman Emperor
Lucius Domitius Aurelianus
(September 9, 214 or 215 – September or October 275), known in English as Aurelian, Roman Emperor (270–275).
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Aurelian had established himself as an army officer when, about 260 A.D., the frontiers of the empire suddenly collapsed from outside pressure and internal fragmentation of authority. With his compatriot Claudius he led the cavalry of the emperor Gallienus (253–268). Upon Gallienus’s assassination in 268 Claudius became emperor. The new ruler quickly suppressed the rebellion of the usurper Aureolus, but, after a reign of 18 months, Claudius died. His brother Quintillus, who ruled about three months, died or was killed, and in September 270 Aurelian succeeded as emperor.