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Bust of Probus. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien (Austria). Photo Jona Lendering.
Probus (Kunsthistorisches
Museum, Wien)
Probus: emperor of the Roman world (276-282).


  • 19 August 232: Marcus Aurelius Probus 
  • July 276: Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Probus Augustus 
  • October 282: lynched by soldiers
Successor of: Tacitus, Florianus


  • father: Maximus or Dalmatius 
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Bust of Probus. Musei Capitolini, Roma (Italy). Photo Marco Prins.
Bust of Probus (Musei Capitolini, Rome)

Main deeds:

  • 232 Born in Sirmium
  • Military service along the Danube during the reign of Valerian
  • 276 Death of Tacitus and Florianus; Probus proclaimed emperor by the eastern armies; in the Sasanian empire; Bahram II succeeds Bahram I
  • 277 Consul (with Paulinus); war against the Visigoths; accepts the title Gothicus
  • 278 Consul II (with Virius Lupus); restores order in Gaul and the Rhineland; accepts the title Germanicus Maximus
  • 279 Consul III (with Nonius Paternus II); war against the Isaurians in Asia Minor and the Blemmyans in Egypt; accepts the title Persicus Maximus and Medicus Maximus
  • 280 Insurrection of Bonosus and Proculus in Cologne; Probus attacks
  • 281 Consul IV (with Gaius Junius Tiberianus); Bonosus commits suicide; Proculus flees to the Franks but is handed over to Probus; the Rhine frontier restored; triumph in Rome; revolt of Saturninus in Antioch, but killed in Apamea
  • 282 Consul V (with Victorinus); killed by soldiers
New legions: I Isaura Sagitaria; II Isaura; III Isaura

Buildings: completes the Wall of Aurelian

Succeeded by: Carus


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