History, Facts and Information about Galba
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Galba 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 Galba who can be described, or remembered, as:
"The old man who was the first to proclaimed Caesar in the Year of the four Emperors"
Short Biography about the life of Galba
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Galba, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.
Name commonly known as: Galba
Latin Roman Name: Servius Sulpicius Galba
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 8 June 68 – 15 January 69
Dynasty / Historical Period: Year of the four emperors
Place and Date of Birth: 24 December 3 BC near Terracina
Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Galba was Nero who committed suicide
Date succeeded as Emperor of Rome and circumstances of rule: 8 June 68. Nero had ordered the death of Galba. Galba, who was governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, rebelled against Nero who was declared a public enemy by the senate and committed suicide. On the same day, Galba was recognized as emperor.
Family connections / Genealogy
Place and Date of Death: 15 January 69 (age 70) in Rome. Otho led a conspiracy among the praetorians with the promise of a material reward, and on 15 January 69 they declared Otho emperor and publicly killed Galba
Name of next Emperor: The successor to Galba was Otho
The Year of the Four Emperors 68 - 69 AD
The Year of the Four Emperors 68 - 69 AD and the beginning of the Flavian Dynasty. Following the suicide of Nero there was a brief period of civil war in Rome which resulted in the Year of the Four Emperors which saw the successive rise and fall of Galba, Otho and Vitellius until the final accession of Vespasian who became the first ruler of the Flavian Dynasty. On the death of Nero, Servius Sulpicius Galba, already chosen emperor by the Praetorians and the Senate, was murdered in the Forum in January, A.D. 69. Galba was succeeded by Salvius Otho, the infamous friend of Nero, and the husband of Poppaea Sabina. The legions on the Rhine, however, proclaimed their own commander, Vitellius, emperor and Otho, his forces being defeated in a battle near Bedriacum between Verona and Cremona, killed himself. Vitellius, the new emperor, was remarkable for his gluttony and his coarse vices. He neglected every duty of his office, and soon became universally contemptible. Vespasian, the distinguished general, who had been fighting successfully against the Jews in Palestine, was proclaimed emperor by the governor of Egypt.
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Map of the Roman Empire c395AD illustrating the power of the Emperor