Those who live by the sword die by the sword. This old cliché could
well have been phrased after the life and death of Aemilian. When Trebonianus
Gallus's hold on power had weakened after a series of setbacks, the troops of
Aemilian who were battling barbarians along the Danube declared him Augustus and
he seized the opportunity to depose Gallus. The plan worked just as expected and
Aemilian subsequently enjoyed a brief reign. Valerian, one of the generals
commissioned under Gallus, heard of the news and refused to accept the new
emperor. Finding it favorable among his own troops, he was promptly declared
emperor himself and headed to Rome to avenge the death of his old boss. Aemilian
for his part answered the challenge and went with his army to confront Valerian.
When it became evident that Valerian's forces were larger, however, his soldiers
killed him rather than risk their own lives.
Obv-IMP C M AEMIL AEMILIANVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev-PROVIN CIA DACIA Dacia standing, eagle and bull at sides, AN VIII in ex.