Black Emperors of Rome: Marcus Aemilius Aemilianus

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Marcus Aemilius Aemilianus
(AD ca. 206 – AD 253)

Marcus Aemilius Aemilianus was born about AD 207 either on the island of Jerba in Africa, or somewhere in Mauretania. He was an indigenous Aferis, African.

Emperor Aemilian was born in the Roman province of Africa. According to the 4th century source Epitome de Caesaribus, he was born at Girba (modern Djerba, an island off the coast of Tunisia) and was a Moor; a reference in the same source hints that he was born around 207.

Epitome de Caesaribus, 31.1–2.

His career saw him becoming senator and reaching the office of consul. In AD 252 he then became governor of Lower Moesia.

In the spring of AD 253 the Goths broke the treaty made with the emperor Trebonianus Gallus. Aemilian quickly drove them out of Moesia and then, crossed the Danube crushing the Gothic forces.

In a time when Rome suffered continuous setbacks his unexpected triumph made him an outstanding leader in the eyes of his men. So, in July or August AD 253 Aemilian was proclaimed emperor by his troops. The new emperor didn’t waste time. Immediately he marched his troops into Italy, rapidly moving on Rome. …

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    1. Hi Marilyn,
      I’m interested in MARCUS AEMILIUS AEMILIANUS family tree between s.III and s.IV. Is there any way you could clarify to me this period of time of his family?

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