Imperium Galliarum – the ‘Gallic Empire’ (AD 260–274)
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Contemporaries had no conception of what we know as the ‘Gallic Empire’ or ‘Imperium Galliarum’ as a separate political entity. They saw the ‘emperors’ at Colonia Agrippinensis/Cologne and Augusta Treverorum/Trier as men who claimed dominion (with whatever, if any, justification) over the entire Roman Empire, but who were at present only able to implement this dominion in the western part of the Empire. The coins of Postumus, the founder of the ‘…

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Olshausen, E., “Imperium Galliarum – the ‘Gallic Empire’ (AD 260–274)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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