30th Emperor of Rome (270 - 275 A.D.).
Aurelian was chosen by Claudius II to succeed him. Popular and effective, he is one of the better-documented medieval emperors. He also reclaimed several rebel states: Postumus's Gallic rebel state, Egypt, and Queen Zenobia's Palmyra.
Supposedly his own secretary, fearing retribution for some error, circulated a bogus list of officers slated for execution amongst the soldiery, prompting the officers to assassinate Aurelian.

the Roman Emperors

Au*re"li*an (?), a.

Of or pertaining to the aurelia.


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Au*re"li*an, n.

An amateur collector and breeder of insects, esp. of butterflies and moths; a lepidopterist.


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