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Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Roman Emperor from January 2 to the December 22 AD 69, was born, on September 24 AD One of the emperors in the "year of the four emperors", he was the son of Lucius Vitellius[?], who had been consul and governor of Syria under Tiberius.
Vitellius was consul in 48, and (perhaps in 60-61) proconsul of Africa, in which capacity he is said to have acquitted himself with credit.
During his brief administration Vitellius showed indications of a desire to govern wisely, but he was completely under the control of Valens and Caecina, who for their own ends encouraged him in a course of vicious excesses which threw his better qualities into the background.
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 Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, page 1273 (v. 3)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Vitellius had not advanced far from Cologne, where he was proclaimed emperor, when he received in­telligence of the victory of his generals and of the death of Otho.
Vitellius, on his road to Rome, passed by Lyon, where he gave to his young son the title of Ger-manicus with the insignia of imperial dignity.
Vitellius was followed to Rome by sixty thou­sand soldiers and an immense body of camp at­tendants.
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Vitellius was a man of some learning and knowledge of government but little military skill or experience.
Vitellius rewarded his German legions by dispanding the praetorian guard as well as the urban cohorts of the city of Rome and offering the positions to them.
Vitellius was carried to his wife's house on the Aventine, from where he intended to flee to Campania.
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 Lucius Vitellius
Lucius Vitellius was born as the son of Publius Vitellius, a knight from Luceria in southern Italy, who served as steward under the emperor Augustus.
Vitellius administered the oath of allegiance, and recalled his troops, because he was not allowed to fight a war until the new emperor had sent him instructions.
Vitellius died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke and received a statue on the speaker's platform on the Roman Forum, with the inscription 'Of unwavering loyalty to the emperor'.
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 Vitellius - WCD (Wiki Classical Dictionary)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Vitellius was emperor of Rome in the year of four emperors (69).
Aulus Vitellius was proclaimed emperor on 2 January 69 by the legions of the Rhine, who had fought against Vindex for Nero.
Vitellius was now sole ruler of the Roman empire and proceeded to Rome, which he entered on 17 July 69.
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 Tacitus - HISTORIES
Vitellius then ordered that these latter troops should be attached to his own force, in consideration of their loyalty, and that the legion should pass over the Graian Alps, and then take that line of road, by which they would avoid passing Vienna, for the inhabitants of that place were also suspected.
Vitellius did not turn away his eyes, did not shudder to behold the unburied corpses of so many thousands of his countrymen; nay, in his exultation, in his ignorance of the doom which was so close upon himself, he actually instituted a religious ceremony in honour of the tutelary gods of the place.
Vitellius was distributing to each soldier provisions ready dressed on the same abundant scale as the gladiators' rations, and the populace had poured forth, and spread themselves throughout the entire camp.
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 The Histories [of Ancient Rome] by Cornelius Tacitus:book 2
Meanwhile Vitellius, unaware that he had won, was concentrating what remained of the pick of the German garrison under the impression that all the fighting lay ahead.
Vitellius was worried by the attitude of the beaten legions, which was far from submissive.
Vitellius attached the latter to his column of march as a sign that he valued their loyalty, and ordered the legion to cross the Alps by the Little St Bernard and take a roundabout route avoiding Vienne, which was also regarded as a danger-point.
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 Aulus Vitellius, part 1: Youth and early career
The hostility in their accounts can easily be explained: Vitellius became emperor lost his throne after a civil war, and the new emperor, Vespasian, lived long enough to see his propaganda become included in the works written by historians.
Aulus Vitellius was born on September 7, 15, as the oldest son of Sextilia and Lucius Vitellius, still a young man who was a protégé of the emperor Tiberius.
Vitellius may have been in love, because the marriage was beneath his rank: as a former consul and son of a former consul, he belonged to the highest nobility, and Galeria's father was of praetorian rank.
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 Tacitus: History: Book 2 [90]
Vitellius himself, who was ever varying between sudden irritation and unseasonable fondness, they at once despised and feared.
Vitellius himself, thinking only how to squander, was building a stable for his charioteers, was filling the circus with shows of gladiators and wild beasts, and fooling away his money as if he had the most abundant supplies.
Rome, as miserable as she was great, afflicted in one year by an Otho and a Vitellius, what with the Vinii, the Fabii, the Iceli, and the Asiatici, passed through all vicissitudes of infamy, till there came Mucianus and Marcellus, and different men rather than a different morality.
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 Roman Emperors DIR Vitellius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
With respect to marriage and family, Vitellius first wed a certain Petroniana, the daughter of a consul, sometime in the early to mid thirties A.D. The union produced a son, Petronianus, allegedly blind in one eye and emancipated from his father's control as a result of being named his mother's heir.
Vitellius made a weak attempt to thwart the advance at the Apennine passes, but his forces switched to the Flavian side without a fight at Narnia in mid-December.
Coale, A. Jr., "Vitellius Imperator: A Study in the Literary and Numismatic Sources for the Rebellion and Rule of the Emperor Vitellius, A.D. 69," Diss.
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 Aulus Vitellius - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The generals who favored him defeated his rival, Otho, in Italy, and Vitellius was briefly the emperor.
His troops were defeated at Cremona, and Vitellius fought with Vespasian's brother, Flavius Sabinus, in Rome.
When Vespasian's troops entered Rome, Vitellius was captured while in hiding and murdered.
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 Detail Page
The fame for gluttony and avarice that Vitellius possessed was probably the reason Galba appointed him in 68 to the powerful office of governor of Germania Inferior.
From the start, however, Vitellius carefully cultivated the favor of the Legions so that on January 2, 69, in conjunction with the plotting of Fabius Valens and Caecina Alienus, two legates of the Rhine legions, he was proclaimed emperor.
Vitellius was found in the palace and murdered.
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 ACCLA - XII Caesars - Emperor Vitellius by Hugh Kramer
Aulus Vitellius, who was to become the ninth Emperor of Rome, was born in September of 15 CE to Lucius Vitellius and his wife, Sextilia.
Vitellius was the most ardent champion of his patron’s lyre-playing and the leader of the sycophants who begged for performances.
Vitellius himself was no soldier, his general Valens was ill, and Caecina, who was now a consul, had begun collaborating with the enemy.
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 Lucius Vitellius
The Emperor Galba had placed Vitellius at the head of the army of the Lower Rhine, because he considered Vitellius, who lived only for the pleasures of the table, incapable of conspiring.
Meanwhile Vitellius was advancing with the last of the army of the Rhine by way of Lugdunum (Lyons) in Gaul towards Italy.
Vitellius made a few attempts to check the victorious advance of his opponent, and even tried to collect a new army at Rome, but both officers and soldiers soon laid down their arms.
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 Roman Emperors DIR Vitellius
The armies of the eastern provinces declared Vespasian, governor of Judaea, their new emperor almost as soon as Vitellius had settled in Rome (July 69), and the troops stationed along the Danube (who had originally supported Otho in his struggle against Vitellius) now sided with Vespasian as well.
Vespasian's younger son, Domitian, who had been at Rome even during the reign of Vitellius, assured a position of authority in anticipation of his father's arrival, but the city remained largely at the mercy of Primus and the Danubian troops.
Vitellius' was the last of the short reigns during the "Year of the Four Emperors," for Vespasian's accession marked the start of a tenure which was to last for a decade.
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 The Histories [of Ancient Rome] by Cornelius Tacitus:book 2
Here Vitellius was one day engaged in issuing haversack rations as if he were fattening up a lot of gladiators, and the lower classes had poured out from the capital and were milling about everywhere in the camp.
Vitellius had allowed returned exiles to resume the rights they had enjoyed over their freedmen, though these wily creatures tried to stultify the concession in every conceivable way by hiding fortunes under fake bank accounts or by buying favour Some of them transferred to the imperial household and became more powerful than their erstwhile masters.
However, Vitellius' indulgence towards his generals was as nothing compared with the licence accorded to the troops.
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 Vitellius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Vitellius Emperor A. Aulus Vitellius, governor of Lower Germany, was proclaimed emperor by his troops who hated the current emperor for his harsh discipline and stinginess with bonus payments to the troops.
Vitellius' two able generals, Valens and Caecina, defeated the troops of Otho, another imperial contender near the town of Cremona.
Vitellius' own troops were deserting him and his two generals were of no use to him.
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 Emblematic Scenes in Suetonius' Vitellius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
On the other hand, the graphic description of Vitellius' end, when the emperor is mocked, tortured, and executed on the Gemonian Steps, also contributes to the characterization,[6] but it does so in a significantly different way.
This feeling is only intensified with the doleful observation that once Vitellius reached the city, in addition to expressing his reverence for Nero, he increasingly ignored all divine and human sanctions, culminating in his assumption of the office of pontifex maximus on the anniversary of the Roman defeat at the Allia (11.2).
Accordingly, Vitellius is treated like a common criminal (reducto coma capite, ceu noxii solent, 17.1), and subjected to the mockery and dung-slinging of the crowd: filth, insults, and violence corroborate the characterization.
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 Ancient History Sourcebook: Suetonius: De Vita Caesarum--Vitellius, c. 110 C.E.
We have a book of Quintus Elogius addressed to Quintus Vitellius, quaestor of the Deified Augustus, in which it is written that the Vitellii were sprung from Faunus, king of the Aborigines, and Vitellia, who was worshipped as a goddess in many places; and that they ruled in all Latium.
In any event Publius Vitellius of Nuceria, whether of ancient stock or of parents and forefathers in whom he could take no pride, unquestionably a Roman eques and a steward of Augustus' property, left four sons of high rank with the same name and differing only in their forenames: Aulus, Quintus, Publius and Lucius.
They dragged Vitellius from his hiding-place and when they asked him his name (for they did not know him) and if he knew where Vitellius was, he attempted to escape them by a lie.
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 Year of the Four Emperors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aulus Vitellius was appointed governor of the province of Germania Inferior.
Vitellius had behind him the finest elite legions of the empire, composed of veterans of the Germanic Wars, such as I Germanica and XXI Rapax.
On the news of Otho's suicide, Vitellius was recognised as emperor by the Senate.
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Aulus Vitellius was born on 24 September in the year 15.
In the east, Vespasian arose in revolt, and was hailed emperor in Egypt and Syria.
On 24 December 69 Vitellius was dragged through the streets, tortured and flung into the river Tiber.
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 The Roman Empire: in the First Century. The Roman Empire. Emperors. Galba et al | PBS
Another professional politician, Vitellius had also been elected consul, in 48 AD, and had been proconsul in Africa.
Vitellius was appointed commander of the Lower German Army in 68 AD, just in time for Nero’s death.
After losing a bitter battle in the streets of Rome, Vitellius considered resigning his throne, but his troops would not let him.
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 Vespasian: Gaining Momentum All the Way
While Vespasian's nature was one that won loyalty, Vitellius' did not: Vitellius' own commanders were disloyal to him, including Caecina and another general named Bassus, who both engaged in various acts of subterfuge.
Some of the things Vitellius did were directly related to his fall from power and death, and some of his choices were indirectly related to it.
If Vitellius was bumbling, Vespasian was cunning, which also helped him in his quest for the imperial throne.
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 New Testement Chronology - Pontius Pilate in Judea
Vitellius' second visit was during a "festival" when news of Tiberius' death arrived.
Soon thereafter, "Vitellius came into Judea, and went up to Jerusalem; it was at the time of that festival which is called the Passover.
Vitellius is unlikely to have visited Jerusalem at Passover in either of these years, since he would have been preparing his army for the summer campaigns against Artabanus.
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