Official Name: IMPERATOR CAESAR PUBLIUS LICINIUS EGNATIUS GALLIENUS AUGUSTUS
Birthdate: Circa 218 CE.
(Aurelius Victor, Epitome de Caesaribus, 33)
Birthplace: Unknown, but most likely Falerii (modern-day Civita Castellana, Italy).
Reign: Gallienus was named emperor in 253 CE on the orders of his father, Valerian, and the Roman Senate. Gallienus ruled jointly with his father for a period of seven years. When Valerian was captured by the Persian army in 260 CE and taken prisoner, Gallienus became sole emperor.
(Zosimus, New History 1.30 & 1.36)
(Historia Augusta, The Two Gallieni, 21) (Dedication to Gallienus and Cornelia Salonina by Sabratha)
Gallienus was killed by a group of rebellious soldiers in 268 CE near Mediolanum (modern-day Milan, Italy).
(Zosimus, New History 1.40-41)
Head of Gallienus, Palatine Museum, Rome, April 2019.
Bust of Gallienus, Musei Capitolini, Rome, November 2018.
Bust of Gallienus, Palazzo Altemps, Rome, December 2018.
(Zosimus, New History, 1.30 & 1.36)
(Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, 7.13)
(Zosimus, New History 1.30-31 & 1.37)
(Historia Augusta, Lives of the Thirty Pretenders, 9-10, 22) (Zosimus, New History 1.38 & 1.40)
(Cedrenus, A Concise History of the World, 1.454) (Zosimus, New History 1.40)
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