Sunday, May 17, 2009

Roman General: Avidius Cassius

Avidius Cassius, (d. AD 175), Roman general under Marcus Aurelius. He distinguished himself in the Parthian War (162-65), and was made governor of the eastern provinces.

In 175 Aurelius was ill, and Cassius proclaimed himself emperor on the strength of a rumour of his death. He was murdered by his own officers before steps could be taken against him.

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