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Carausius

January 8, 2010

Marcus Aurelius Carausius (d. AD 293), Roman usurper in Britain. He was originally a river pilot from Gaul and served the Emperor Maximian there against rebels. He was put in charge of the fleet at Gessoriacum (modern Boulogne) with orders to guard the northern shore against prankish and Saxon pirates. Accused of being in league with these, he was sentenced to death; but he rebelled and established himself in Britain where he usurped the title of emperor (286). In 289 he defeated an attack by Maximian, who was eventually compelled to recognise his rule. Carausius was assassinated in 293 by Allectus, who succeeded him as usurper.

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