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History, Facts and Information about Carausius
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Usurper Emperor Carausius who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. 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
      • Galerius reporting to Diocletian: Controlled the legions of the Danube
    • Maximianus was Augustus of the West: Ruling Italy and Africa
      • Constantiusreporting to Maximianus: Britain, Spain and Gaul
  • 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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