Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus

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Gallienus, Publius Licinius Egnatius


Born A.D. 218; died A.D. 268. Roman emperor from 253 (until 260 he was co-ruler with his father Valerian).

Gallienus carried out a reform of the cavalry. Relying on the support of the urban strata and the army, he tried to limit the role of the senators, removing them from high military positions. This met with sharp opposition from the Senate. Gallienus was killed near Mediolanum (present-day Milan) during a revolt led by Aureolus, chief of the cavalry.


De Regibus Luca, La monarchia militare di Gallieno. Genoa, 1939.
Manni, E. L’impero di Gallieno. Rome, 1949.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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