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date: 05 December 2022

Avidius Cassius, Gaiuslocked

Avidius Cassius, Gaiuslocked

  • Anthony R. Birley

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Avidius Cassius, Gaius, son of C. Avidius Heliodorus, ab epistulis of *Hadrian, of Cyrrhus in Syria, was born in Egypt presumably 130ce while his father was there with Hadrian; like many sons of successful equestrians he entered the senate and as legionary legate contributed greatly to Roman victories in L. *Verus' Parthian War (162–6), capturing Ctesiphon and sacking Seleuceia on Tigris. His prowess was praised by *Fronto (Ad amicos 1. 6), whom he provided with memoranda on the war (Ad Verum 2. 3) for a projected History. He became consul at the end of the war (166) and at once governor of Syria, with enhanced responsibility for the entire east at latest in 172, when he crushed the revolt of the Bucoli in Egypt. In spring 175, on a false report of M. *Aurelius' death on the Danube, he was proclaimed emperor and controlled much of the east, including Egypt, for some three months. But his colleague P.

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  • Roman History and Historiography

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