Barracks Emperor

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A.D. 235-284, Roman emperors who seized power using the army as a base; they usually came from a poverty-stricken rural background. Diocletian (ruled 284-305 AD) was the most famous example.

List of the Barrack Emperors A.D. 235 - A.D. 268

  • Maximinus Thrax
  • Gordian I
  • Gordian II
  • Pupienus and Balbinus
  • Gordian III
  • Sabinianus
  • Philip the Arab
  • Pacantius
  • Jotapian
  • Silbannacus
  • Decius
  • Priscus
  • Licinianus
  • Herennius Etruscus
  • Hostilian
  • Gallus
  • Volusianus
  • Aemilian
  • Valerian
  • Gallienus
  • Ingenuus
  • Regalianus
  • Macrianus Major
  • Quietus
  • Mussius Aemilianus
  • Aureolus

Further reading

  • Southern, Pat. The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine (2001) covers 193-337 AD online edition
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