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|Full Name||Lucius Domitius Aurelianus Augustus|
|Who||Emperor of Rome|
|Birth Date||September 9, 214|
|Death Date||October 275|
|Cause of Death||murdered|
Aurelian's military prowess as a cavalry commander earned him the attention of Emperor Gallienus, who made him a member of his entourage in 268.
In 268, Aurelian commanded the cavalry under Claudius II, then a general, to win victory in the Battle of Naissus in present-day Nis, Serbia. When Gallienus was assassinated later that year, Aurelian pledged his allegiance to Claudius as contendor for the title of Emperor. After Claudius was crowned, he made Aurelian Master of the Horse, effectively controlling the entire military second only to the emperor. Claudius and Aurelian continued to go into battle together for many years, and were close friends. Upon Claudius's death in 270, he named Aurelian as his successor.
In 272, Aurelian launched an invasion into the Palmyrene Empire ruled by Zenobia, who had recently cut off grain supplies sailing into Rome. She was captured, and Aurelian ordered that she and her son be made to walk through the streets as prisoners.
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