|Claudius II Gothicus|
AKA Marcus Aurelius Valerius Claudius
Born: 214 AD
Birthplace: Dardania, Moesia Superior
Died: 270 AD
Location of death: Sirmium, Pannonia Inferior
Cause of death: Bubonic Plague
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: Ancient Rome
Executive summary: Roman Emperor, 268-70 AD
Claudius II, Roman emperor from 268 to 270 AD, belonged to an obscure Illyrian family. On account of his military ability he was placed in command of an army by Decius; and Valerian appointed him general on the Illyrian frontier, and ruler of the provinces of the lower Danube. During the reign of Gallienus, he was called to Italy in order to crush Aureolus; and on the death of the emperor (268) he was chosen as his successor, in accordance, it was said, with his express desire. Shortly after his accession he routed the Alamanni on the Lacus Benacus (some doubt is thrown upon this); in 269 a great victory over the Goths at Naissus in Moesia gained him the title of Gothicus. In the following year he died of the plague at Sirmium, in his fifty-sixth year. He enjoyed great popularity, and appears to have been a man of ability and character.
Roman Emperor 268 to 270 AD
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