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Tetricus I

Gallic Secessionist Emperor A.D. 270 - 273

After the murder of Victorinus, his powerful mother chose Tetricus to succeed him to the throne of the rebel Gallic Empire. Tetricus had been serving as governor of Aquitania, an important Gallic province. Tetricus appointed his son, also named Tetricus, and they became Tetricus I and Tetricus II.

Though Tetricus won several victories against German invaders, neither he nor his son had any outstanding qualities as a general or an administrator. These were times that needed a person on the throne with above average talents in both areas. One wonders what might have happened had Vitruvia, the mother of Victorinus taken the reins of power. Might she have played the role of another Julia Maesa or Galla Placidia? No one has recorded for us anything concerning this shadowy figure in history. In any case Aurelian, a strong emperor and talented general ascended the throne of the Roman empire in A. D. 270. By 273, Aurelian was ready to mount an expedition to recapture the rebel Gallic territories. Tetricus saved him the trouble, though. With the plea, &quotRescue me, Unconquered One, from this evil", Tetricus asked Aurelian to allow him and his son to abdicate. Aurelian was one of the most merciful Roman emperors in history. He allowed both Tetrici to abdicate with honor. Tetricus I was given an important post in the government of Italy, and Tetricus II was allowed to retire into private life.

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