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

 "The Usurper Emperor of Egypt..."

Short Biography about the life of Domitius Domitianus
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Domitius Domitianus, Usurper Emperor.

  • Name commonly known as: Domitius Domitianus
  • Latin Roman Name: Lucius Domitius Domitianus
  • Reigned as a Usurper Emperor: Summer 297 to December 297
  • 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 and Date of Death: 297AD in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Name of next Emperors:  The successors to Domitius Domitianus were Constantius Chlorus andGalerius

Domitius Domitianus the Usurper - Roman Coins, or coinage
Domitius Domitianus was a usurper emperor in Egypt. 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 Domitius Domitianus.

Interesting facts about the life of Domitius Domitianus
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Domitius Domitianus from the following facts and information about his life. Domitus Domitianus led a rebellion against Diocletian in Egypt during the summer of  297. Aurelius Achilleus who appears to have been Domitianus' corrector was a great influence over the usurper emperor during the time of this rebellion. Domitus Domitianus died in December 297 and Aurelius Achilleus, who was in charge of the defence of Alexandria, succeeded him. Diocletian regained overall control of Egypt by the end of December 297 but Alexandria did not fall until March 298 after a siege lasting eight months.Achilleus was put to death in 298 AD.

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