People - Ancient Rome: Vetranio
Vetranio was an experienced soldier and officer and had proclaimed himself Caesar.
Vetranio in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
A Roman who commanded the legions in Illyria and Pannonia in
A.D. 350, when Constans was treacherously destroyed, and was
proclaimed emperor by his troops; but at the end of ten months
resigned in favour of Constantius (Amm. Marcell. xv. 1; xxi.
Vetranio in Roman Biography
Ve-tra'ni-o, a Roman general, who was persuaded
by his troops to assume the title of emperor in 350 a.d.
About the end of that year he abdicated in favour of
Constantius. Died in 356.
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Vetranio in Wikipedia
Vetranio (d. c. 360), born in the province of Moesia in a part
of the region located in modern Serbia, is sometimes but
apparently incorrectly referred to as Vetriano. He was an
experienced soldier and officer when he was asked by
Constantina, the sister of Roman Emperor Constantius II, to
proclaim himself Caesar (March 1, 350). Her brother Constans
had been killed by Magnentius earlier that year and she
probably thought Vetranio could protect her family and herself
against the usurper. Vetranio accepted and coins were minted
in his name, showing the title of Augustus (full emperor),
rather than Caesar. Constantius first seemed to accept the new
Emperor and sent him money to raise an army, as well as his
Constantius, who was on a campaign against the Persians when
Magnentius came to power, returned to the west and met with
Vetranio. Vetranio subsequently abdicated on December 25, 350.
He was allowed to live the remainder of his years as a private
citizen on a state pension.
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