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    Vitellius was the first to add the honorific cognomen Germanicus to his name instead of Caesar upon his accession. Like his direct predecessor, Otho, Vitellius attempted to rally public support to his cause by honoring and imitating Nero who remained widely popular in the empire.

    • 19 April – 20 December 69
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  2. Oct 18, 2012 · Definition. Vitellius was Roman emperor from April to December 69 CE. Vitellius was the third of the four emperors who ruled the Roman Empire in the year 69 CE. One of his predecessors, Galba, who had replaced the fallen Emperor Nero, was murdered by the Praetorian Guard for failing to keep promises to those who had put him in power.

    • Donald L. Wasson
  3. Aulus Vitellius, (born ad 15—died Dec. 20, 69, Rome), Roman emperor, the last of Nero’s three short-lived successors. Vitellius was the son of the emperor Claudius’s colleague as censor, Lucius Vitellius, who was also consul three times. Aulus himself became consul in ad 48 and proconsul of Africa (c. 61). The new emperor, Galba, appointed him imperial governor of Lower Germany in 68 ...

    • E. Badian
  4. May 4, 2023 · by Peter Stothard. Providing a rare history of the Caesars as seen through the eyes of servants and masters, this book tells the story of the least-known emperor of the 1st century CE, Aulus Vitellius. Stothard's narrative history reads like a cross between Robert Graves and Mary Beard and vividly brings the characters in Rome's first dynasty ...

  5. Vitellius. Aulus Vitellius was the third Roman emperor in the Year of the Four Emperors, quickly seizing power after the deaths of Galba and Otho in AD 69. However, he was not fully accepted by the Romans as emperor and ruled for only 8 months before dying in a barbaric manner at the hands of Vespasian’s supporters.

  6. Flavian dynasty. v. t. e. The Year of the Four Emperors, AD 69, was the first civil war of the Roman Empire, during which four emperors ruled in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. [1] It is considered an important interval, marking the transition from the Julio-Claudians, the first imperial dynasty, to the Flavian dynasty.

  7. Vitellia gens. The gens Vitellia was a family of ancient Rome, which rose from obscurity in imperial times, and briefly held the Empire itself in AD 69. The first of this gens to obtain the consulship was Aulus Vitellius, uncle of the emperor Vitellius, in AD 32. [1]

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