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The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Herennius Etruscus who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. Read about the life of Herennius Etruscus who can be described or remembered as:

 "Killed by a Goth's arrow"

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

  • Name commonly known as: Herennius Etruscus, elder son of Trajan Decius
  • Latin Roman Name: Quintus Herennius Etruscus Messius Decius
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: Reign 251 (with Decius)
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: Crisis of the Third Century (235 - 284). Era of the Barracks Emperors (238 - 268)
  • Place and Date of Birth: Born 227 in Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
  • Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Herennius Etruscus and Decius was Philip the Arab
  • Family connections / Genealogy
    • Name of Father: Decius
    • Name of Mother: Herennia Etruscilla
    • Brother: Hostilian
  • Why was Herennius Etruscus famous? Accomplishments, achievements and important events:
  • Place and Date of Death: Died June 251 at Abrittus (Bulgaria)
  • Name of next Emperor:  The successor to Herennius Etruscus was briefly Hostilian and then Trebonianus Gallus

Interesting facts about the life of Herennius Etruscus
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Herennius Etruscus from the following facts and information about his life. Why was Herennius Etruscus famous? Accomplishments, achievements and important events. Herennius Etruscus was the elder son of Decius who was created emperor after he defeated Philip the Arab in A.D. 249.  The Illyrian army had revolted, and proclaimed their commander, Decius, emperor. Herennius Etruscus was declared heir to the throne and received the title of prince of youth. In A.D. 250 the Goths invaded the empire. These fierce barbarians came from the north of Europe, and were among the chief instruments of the fall of Rome. In 251, Decius elevated Herennius Etruscus to the title of Augustus making him his co-emperor. Herennius Etruscus and his father led the Roman army to Bulgaria against the Goths. His younger brother, Hostilian, remained in Rome and their mother, the empress Herennia Etruscilla, was named regent. Herennius Etruscus was struck by an enemy arrow and died at the age of 24 years old fighting against the Goths at the Battle of Abrittus. His father was also killed. 

Herennius Etruscus - Crisis of the Third Century - Era of the Barracks Emperors (238 - 268)
The Crisis of the Third Century was the period in Roman history following the death of Alexander Severus when Rome entered into the era of Military Anarchy commonly known as the Crisis of the Third Century. During the Crisis of the Third Century, lasting over 50 years, not one single Emperor died of natural causes. Revolts sprung up in virtually all of the provinces and ambitious men struggled for power. During the crisis there were civil wars, street fights between the citizens of Rome and soldiers of the imperial guard,  fierce foreign enemies, plagues, famines, fire and earthquakes. The "Barracks Emperors" (238 - 268) were all military generals who seized power by force. Taxation was high, the economy was failing and Roman territories were being captured by barbarians and the Roman government was unstable. During this uncertain era and violent environment the promise of an afterlife seemed to be the only thing to hope for. And people started to turn towards a new religion, Christianity.

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