Numerianus, Marcus Aurelius
, son of the Roman emperor Carus
and brother of the Roman Emperor Carinus
. On the death of his father, whom he accompanied on his expedition against the Persians
, he was proclaimed emperor in December 283
. He resolved to abandon the campaign, and died mysteriously on his way back to Europe, eight months afterwards his father-in-law Arrius Aper, prefect
of the Praetorian Guards
, who was suspected of having murdered him, was slain by Diocletian
, whom the soldiers had already proclaimed his successor.
Numerianus is represented as having been a man of considerable literary attainments, and of remarkably amiable character. He was known as a great orator and poet.
This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
See also: Roman Empire