Servius Sulpicius Galba

Servius Sulpicius Galba

Birth
Terracina, Provincia di Latina, Lazio, Italy
Death 15 Jan 69
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Private tomb.
Memorial ID 34478259 · View Source
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Roman Emperor. He was the first ruler in the Year of the Four Emperors. He was born into a noble family in 3 BC and possessed a large personal fortune, but had no connection to the first six Emperors. His abilities were recognized by the Emperors Augustus and Tiberius, who predicted that he would rise to high office. He was made Praetor in 20 AD, and became a consul in 33 AD, gaining a military reputation in Germania, Africa and Hispania. He refused an invitation to become Emperor after the death of Caligula, choosing to serve Claudius instead. He retired when Nero came to power, but was made governor of the province of Hispania Tarraconensis in 61 AD. After Nero's suicide in 68 AD, he declared himself Caesar and marched on Rome. His chief concern on seizing power was to restore state finances, and his unpopular economies included refusing to pay a reward to the Praetorian Guard for their support. He was an old man when he came to power, and was said to be under the control of his favourites, including Titus Vinus, Cornelius Laco and Icelus Macrianus, which contributed to his unpopularity. In January 69 AD two German legions refused to swear loyalty to him, destroyed his statues and demanded a new Emperor. The rebellion spread and the legions of Germania Inferior proclaimed Vittellius as Emperor. At the same time Marcus Salvius Otho was named as ruler by the Praetorian Guard. In June 69 he set out to meet the rebels, but was soon murdered by a cavalry troop, his last words being "strike, if it be for the good of the Romans!" His head was then taken to Otho, who allowed his followers to ridicule it. His head and body were finally buried in a tomb on the Aurelian Road.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Servius Sulpicius Galba (24 Dec–15 Jan 69), Find a Grave Memorial no. 34478259, citing Via Aurelia, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .