Titus Claudius Aurelius Aristobulus
Aristobulus first appears as the Praetorian prefect under the emperor Carinus in 285 CE. That same year he was made consul posterior, serving alongside the emperor. He accompanied the emperor to the Battle of the Margus River, but ended up betraying Carinus and possibly even killing him on the battlefield, turning the tide of battle in favour of Carinus’ opponent, Diocletian. According to a contemporary source, the reason given for Aristobulus’ betrayal was for revenge – Carinus had forced Aristobulus’ wife to have an affair with him.
Now a member of the senate, Aristobulus continued to flourish under the new regime. In 290, he was assigned as the Proconsular governor of Africa Proconsularis. His governorship was transferred to the new province of Byzacena during Diocletian’s reorganization of the empire’s provinces, which saw Africa Proconsularis divided into three smaller provinces. During his time as governor, Aristobulus undertook major building activities. His tenure as governor probably ended on 1 July 294, when he was replaced by Cassius Dio.
- Martindale, J. R.; Jones, A. H. M, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Vol. I AD 260-395, Cambridge University Press (1971)
- Southern, Pat, The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine (2004)
- Southern, pg. 135
- Barnes, T.D., Constantine and Eusebius, Harvard University Press (1981), pg.5; Southern, pg. 135
- Martindale & Jones, pg. 106
- Southern, pg. 257
- Barnes, T. D., Sossianus Hierocles in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 80 (1976), pg. 250
Marcus Aurelius Carinus Augustus II
Marcus Aurelius Numerianus Augustus
| Consul of the Roman Empire
with Marcus Aurelius Carinus Augustus
opposed by Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Augustus II
Marcus Junius Maximus II