Domitius Alexander

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History, Facts and Information about Domitius Alexander
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the usurper Emperor Domitius Alexander who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. Read about the life of Domitius Alexander who can be described or remembered as:

 "The usurper Emperor of Africa..."

Short Biography about the life of Domitius Alexander
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Domitius Alexander , Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.

  • Name commonly known as: Alexander

  • Latin Roman Name: Lucius Domitius Alexander

  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 308-311 AD

  • 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.

  • Place of Birth: Born in Phrygia (modern day Turkey)

  • Place and Date of Death: 311 in Africa

  • Name of next Emperor:  The successor to Domitius Alexander was

  • For the names of the next Roman emperors in the East and the West of the Empire refer to the Timeline of Roman Emperors  

Interesting facts about the life of Domitius Alexander
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Domitius Alexander from the following facts and information about his life. Domitius Alexander was was vicarius of Africa (a vicarius held the position of a governor of a diocese, and was responsible for a number of provinces, each province with its own governor). Domitius became embroiled in the power play between the joint Emperors
Galerius andMaxentius. Maxentius seeking the support of Domitius Alexander demanded his loyalty and that his son should be sent to Rome as a hostage. Domitius Alexander refused and his troops proclaimed him Emperor in 308AD. Emperor Maxentius sent his praetorian prefect (praefectus praetorio) Rufius Volusianus and Zenas who was (paucissimis cohortibus) to put down the rebellion and Domitius Alexander. His armies were defeated and  Domitius Alexander was taken prisoner and executed. 

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