History, Facts and Information about Carausius
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Usurper Emperor Carausius and the all-powerful Caesars who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. The word "Caesar" was originally the name of the famous aristocratic patrician family of ancient Rome and became synonymous with the Roman Emperors. Refer to the comprehensive List of Roman Emperors for the names of the most famous Romans, their dynasties and the historic eras of all the Roman Emperors and usurpers. Read about the life of Carausius who can be described or remembered as:
"The Usurper Emperor of the Britannic Empire..."
Short Biography about the life of Carausius
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Carausius, Usurper Emperor.
Name commonly known as: Carausius
Latin Roman Name: Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius
Reigned as a Usurper: 287 - 293 as Emperor of the Britannic Empire
Dynasty / Historical Period: In 285 the Roman Empire was split in half by Diocletian - The Western Roman Empire and the other half became known as the Eastern Roman Empire or the Byzantine Empire.
- Official Roman Emperors during this period were as follows:
Diocletian was Augustus of the East: Ruling Asia, Egypt and Thrace
Maximianus was Augustus of the West: Ruling Italy and Africa
Place of Birth: Gallia Belgica
Place of Death: Britain in 293AD
Name of successor to Carausius was Allectus
Carausius the Usurper - Roman Coins, or coinage
Carausius was a usurper. Usurper is a term used to describe an illegal claimant to the throne without securing "the consent of the governed." Usurpers were a common feature of the late Roman Empire, especially from the crisis of the third century onwards. Every new emperor, either legal or illegal, marked the beginning of his rule by minting new coins, both for the prestige of declaring oneself as Augustus and to pay the loyal soldiers their share. Roman coins, or coinage, is often the only evidence of a determined usurpation such as that of Carausius.
Interesting facts about the life of Carausius
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Carausius from the following facts and information about his life. Carausius had an extremely successful naval career under the Emperor Maximanius. However his successes brought greed and ambition and he refused to hand over the proceeds of his successes. Maximanius therefore ordered his execution and Carausus based himself in Britain. In A.D. 287 a rebellion occurred in Gaul and soon after, Carausius, having become master of Britain, and possessing a considerable fleet, continued to defy the power of the emperor. At this time Constantius was appointed Caesar and he prepared to reduce Britain and Carausis to subjection. However, before Constantius could reach Britain Carausius was put to death by Allectus, a new usurper in A.D. 293.
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Map of the Roman Empire c395AD illustrating the power of the Emperor