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Galba
Emperor of the Roman Empire
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Bust of Galba
Reign 9 June 68 – 15 January 69
(7 months)
Full name Servius Sulpicius Galba
(at birth);
Lucius Livius Ocella Sulpicius Galba
(until ascension);
Servius Sulpicius Galba Caesar Augustus
(as emperor);
Imperator Servius Galba Caesar Augustus
(imperial name)
Born 24 December 3 BC
Birthplace Near Terracina, Italy
Died 15 January 69(69-01-15) (aged 70)
Place of death Rome
Predecessor Nero
Successor Otho
Consort to Aemilia Lepida
Dynasty None
Mother Mummia Achaica

Galba (Servius Galba Caesar Augustus; 24 December 3 BC – 15 January AD 69) was Roman emperor from 68 to 69, the first emperor in the Year of the Four Emperors. He was known as Lucius Livius Ocella Sulpicius Galba prior to taking the throne as a result of his adoption by his stepmother, Livia Ocellina. The governor of Hispania at the time of the rebellion of Gaius Julius Vindex in Gaul, he seized the throne following Nero's suicide.

Born into a wealthy family, Galba held at various times the offices of praetor, consul, and governor of the provinces Aquitania, Upper Germany, and Africa during the first half of the first century AD. He retired during the latter part of Claudius' reign with the advent of Agrippina the Younger, but Nero later granted him the governorship of Hispania. Taking advantage of the defeat of Vindex's rebellion and Nero's suicide, he became emperor with the support of the Praetorian Guard. His physical weakness and general apathy led to him being dominated by favorites. Unable to gain popularity with the people or maintain the support of the Praetorian Guard, Galba was murdered by Otho, who then became emperor.

Political offices
Preceded by
Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus,
and Aulus Vitellius
Consul of the Roman Empire
33
with Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix
Succeeded by
Lucius Salvius Otho,
and Gaius Octavius Laenas
Preceded by
Nero
Roman Emperor
68–69
Succeeded by
Otho
Preceded by
Gaius Bellicius Natalis, and
Publius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Titus Vinius

69
Succeeded by
Otho II, and
Lucius Salvius Otho Titianus II


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