Valerian in Roman Biography
Lat. Vai.eria'nus, (Puhlius Licinius;)
Fr. Valerien, vS'la're^N'] succeeded vEmilianus as
Emperor of Rome in 253 A.D., and appointed his son
Gallienus his colleague. The empire was soon after
invaded by the Goths and other barbarous tribes, and
by Sapor, (Shapoor,) King of Persia, who defeated the
Romans near Kdessa in 260 and took Valerian prisoner.
He was treated in the most insulting manner by his
captor, who is said to have placed his foot upon him when he
mounted his horse. He died in Persia about
268 A. I)., and was succeeded by his son Gallienus.
See Aurklius Victor, "De Csesaribus;" Tillbmont, "Histoire