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Aemilianus was born around 207 or around 214. The Epitome de Caesaribus (a Latin history) and Zonaras (a Greek historian) say that Aemilianus was born at this time and at Djerba, an island in the Mediterranean Sea near Africa, part of the Roman Empire.
After defeating the Goths (a barbarian tribe) in modern-day Bulgaria, his soldiers proclaimed him as an emperor instead of Trebonianus Gallus, the emperor at the time. After defeating Gallus in battle at Interamna (Northern Italy), he captured the capital city of the empire, Rome.
When the governor of Roman Germany, Valerianus, arrived in Italy bringing troops to help Trebonianus Gallus, Aemilianus's own troops killed Aemilianus. They did not want a civil war and Valerian had a bigger army than Aemilianus.
- Kienast, Dietmar; Eck, Werner; Heil, Matthäus (2017). "Aeimilius Aemilianus (Juli/Aug. 268–Sept./Okt. 253)" (in de). Römische Kaisertabelle: Grundzüge einer römischen Kaiserchronologie (6th ed.). Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG). pp. 203–204. . https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=rYRorgEACAAJ.