People - Ancient Rome: Clodius Albinus
Born Decimus Clodius Septimius Albinus, he was a Roman usurper proclaimed emperor by the legions in Britain and Hispania.
Clodius Albinus in Wikipedia
Decimus Clodius Septimius Albinus (ca. 150 – February 19, 197) was a Roman usurper proclaimed emperor by the legions
in Britain and Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula, comprising modern Spain and Portugal) upon the murder of Pertinax in
Albinus was born into an aristocratic family at Hadrumetum in Africa. According to his father, he received the name
of Albinus because of the extraordinary whiteness of his body. Showing great disposition for a military life, he
entered the army at an early age and served with great distinction, especially during the rebellion of Avidius
Cassius against the emperor Marcus Aurelius in 175. His merits were acknowledged by the emperor in two letters in
which he calls Albinus an African, who resembled his countrymen but little, and who was praiseworthy for his
military experience and the gravity of his character. The emperor likewise declared that without Albinus the
legions (in Bithynia) would have gone over to Avidius Cassius, and that he intended to have him chosen consul...
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