- Macrianus Major
Infobox Roman emperor
full name = Fulvius Macrianus
title = Usurper of the
Macrianus Minor, Quietus
spouse 1 =? (of noble birth)
spouse 2 =
Macrianus Minor, Quietus
date of birth =
place of birth =
date of death =261
place of death =
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Fulvius Macrianus (died 261), also called Macrianus Major, was a
Roman usurper. He was one of Valerian's generals and a man of vast wealth.
After Valerian's capture and execution by Sassanid Emperor
Shapur Iin 260, Valerian's son Gallienusbecame sole emperor. Since Gallienus was in the west, the eastern troops hailed Macrianus Major as their new emperor. Macrianus refused the throne because of his old age and physical condition.
With the support of
Balista, Valerian's praefect, and with the influence that possession of the treasury of Valerian brought, Macrianus managed to have his two sons Macrianus Minorand Quietuselevated to the throne.
Quietus and Balista stayed in the East to secure their rule. Macrianus Major and Minor marched the eastern army from
Asiato Europe, but were defeated in Thracein 261 by Aureolus. Macrianus and his son were killed in battle. Quietus was later murdered by Odaenathusof Palmyra.
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