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Vitellius, Aulus

(ô`ləs vĭtĕl`ēəs), A.D. 15–A.D. 69, Roman emperor (A.D. 69). He was made commander of the legions on the lower Rhine by GalbaGalba
(Servius Sulpicius Galba) , 3 B.C.–A.D. 69, Roman emperor (A.D. 68–A.D. 69). He distinguished himself in a political and military career as praetor (A.D. 20), governor of Aquitania, consul (A.D. 33), commander in Gaul, and governor of Hispania Tarraconensis (A.
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 in A.D. 68. On Galba's death he was proclaimed emperor at Colonia Agrippina (now Cologne). The generals who favored him defeated his rival, OthoOtho, Marcus Salvius
, A.D. 32–A.D. 69, Roman emperor (Jan.–April, A.D. 69). He was a friend of Nero, and his wife, Poppaea Sabina, became Nero's mistress; Otho was repaid (A.D. 58) with the province of Lusitania. In A.D.
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, in Italy, and Vitellius was briefly the emperor. He distinguished himself by extravagance, debauchery, and general incompetence. When his rival in the East, VespasianVespasian
(Titus Flavius Vespasianus) , A.D. 9–A.D. 79, Roman emperor (A.D. 69–A.D. 79), founder of the Flavian dynasty. The son of a poor family, he made his way in the army by sheer ability.
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, moved into Italy, Vitellius quickly lost his supporters. His troops were defeated at Cremona, and Vitellius fought with Vespasian's brother, Flavius Sabinus, in Rome. When Vespasian's troops entered Rome, Vitellius was captured while in hiding and murdered.
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And again, when Mucianus encourageth Vespasian, to take arms against Vitellius, he saith, We rise not against the piercing judgment of Augustus, nor the extreme caution or closeness of Tiberius.
But the city will burn unless Valerius can persuade the false emperor Vitellius to give up his claim to the throne.
Aglcecwif and AElfscinu: Translation and Lexical Interpretation in the Reading of Two Idesa from Cotton Vitellius A.
Also in Roman, the general Vitellius paid the expenses of an entire military campaign with the funds from selling one pearl from his mother's collection, while Caesar was said to have invaded Britain for the freshwater pearls to be found here.
In between were some of the men most remembered today: Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian and Titus.
After a few initial minor successes and then more significant setbacks in the war against Vitellius, and the battle of Betriacum in particular, 'Otho at once resolved to take his own life, rather from a feeling of shame, as many have thought with reason, and an unwillingness to persist in a struggle for imperial power at the expense of such danger to life and property, than from any success or distrust of his troops' (ac statim moriendi impetum cepit, ut multi nec frustra opinantur, magis pudore, ne tanto rerum hominumque periculo dominationem sibi asserere perseveraret, quam desperatione ulla aut diffidentia copiarum: Otho.
25) In 69 Licinius Mucianus ordered the bulk of the Pontic army and the best of the Pontic liburnians to Byzantium, in anticipation of a potential naval expedition of Vespasian's forces against Vitellius in Italy.
The focus is on the crucifixion of Jesus and the relatively unknown role played by the Roman general Lucius Vitellius.
The writer on art Julius Meyer-Graefe saw one such installation when he visited Rosso's Paris studio in 1904, noting that the sculptor had created 'a piece of art history in the form of a curious still life': 'On a table he had placed a very beautiful bronze copy of the large head of Vitellius from the Vatican, which he himself had made.
c900, Ch 380; London, British Library, MS Cotton Vitellius E).
4) a "leading from behind" (the Roman emperor Vitellius was a good example of this--when the crowd turned, it turned on him).
Nor were Emperors less Contributors to so great an Undertaking, as Vitellius, Commodus, Didius Julianus, and Varius Heliogabalus, whose Imperial Names are prefix'd to manifold Receipts.