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Victorinus: emperor of the Gallic Empire (r.269-271).

Victorinus (coin)
Victorinus (coin)


Successor of: Marius


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Succeeded by: Tetricus

Text from the Historia Augusta

When the elder Postumus saw that Gallienus was marching against him with great forces, and that he needed the aid not only of soldiers but also of a second prince, he called Victorinus, a man of soldierly energy, to share in the imperial power, and in company with him he fought against Gallienus. Having summoned to their aid huge forces of Germans, they protracted the war for a long time, but at last they were conquered. Then, when Laelianus, too, had been slain, Victorinus alone remained in command. He also, because he devoted his time to seducing the wives of his soldiers and officers, was slain at Cologne through a conspiracy formed by a certain clerk, whose wife he had debauched; his mother Vitruvia, or rather Victoria, who was later called Mother of the Camp, had given his son Victorinus the title of caesar, but the boy, too, was immediately killed after his father was slain at Cologne.

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