Historia Augusta, 23. The Two Gallieni

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The Two Gallieni

Gallieni Duo

Trebellii Pollionis

I. Capto Valeriano (enimvero unde incipienda est Gallieni vita, nisi ab eo praecipue malo, quo eius vita depressa est?), nutante re publica, cum Odaenathus iam orientis cepisset imperium, Gallienus comperta patris captivitate gauderet, vagabantur ubique exercitus, murmurabant omnibus in provinciis duces, erat omnium ingens maeror, quod Valerianus imperator Romanus in Perside serviliter teneretur. sed erat etiam maior omnium maestitia quod Gallienus nactus imperium ut pater fato sic ipse moribus rem Publicam perdiderat.1

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The Two Gallieni

The Two Gallieni

By Trebellius Pollio

I. When Valerian was captured (for where should we begin the biography of Gallienus,1 if not with that calamity which, above all, brought disgrace on his life?), when the commonwealth was tottering, when Odaenathus had seized the rule of the East, and when Gallienus was rejoicing in the news of his father’s captivity, the armies began to range about on all sides, the generals in all the provinces to murmur, and great was the grief of all men that Valerian, a Roman emperor, was held as a slave in Persia. But greater far was the grief of them all that now having received the imperial power, Gallienus, by his mode of life, as his father by his fate, brought ruin on the commonwealth.2

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.historia_augusta_two_gallieni.1932